Before she moved to China to teach, author Becky Ances lived in New Hampshire. In this, the first book in her Oraculous Tales series (illustrated by her husband Ryan Wilson), Moo-Cow and the gang travel to ancient Japan and Ramses is mistaken for a Samurai. Mixed in with the story are illustrated pages that describe things in the story--like a katana, using chopsticks, and samurai armour. The story is both fun and funny with quite a bit of education snuck in among the adventures.
"Cookies and a story. What could be better than that?" (p. 8)