Here’s my selection for Perfect Picture Book Friday:
Ninja, Ninja Never Stop!
Suitable for ages: 2-5 years
Theme/Topic: Ninjas, Siblings, Rhyming
Brief Synopsis: From the publisher’s website — Follow this little ninja as he sneaks up on the family dog, swipes a cookie from his brother, and escapes from Granny’s kiss . . . only to be out-ninja’d by his younger brother’s sneak attack! Young readers will be drawn in by the fast-paced rhymes that parallel the little ninja’s quick moves, and will chant the refrain with glee! This humorous ode to stalking, sneaking, spying, and scheming is sure to be read over and over again, inspiring imaginary play for a new generation of ninjas.
Resources: Ninja Party Games
Why I Like This: This naughty ninja has a great personality. This book is a feast of short text and colors. We ordered our copy via the Scholastic order form at school. I was delighted to see this title as Todd Tuell is a co-coordinator of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI and a Colorado author. This book will be on my list for future birthday party books!
We read this book before bedtime after Enzo had a “ninja incident” at school. At recess, he and other boys were playing ninja. There was a timeout. Enzo made it very clear that the weapons used were not real. “They were pretend, Mom!” If I could capture his exasperated sigh, I would share that here. Trust me, it’s priceless.
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Cathy Ballou Mealey says
Ah – the best part is Enzo’s “ninjincident”. Well, and of course a book! 😉
Ha ha “ninjiincident”. He managed the rest of the week ninjiincident free. Fingers crossed this continues this week!
Mike Allegra says
I think I’m on ninja overload these days. But I do like the design of this one.
I fear I’ll be in ninja overload in a few years, but for now I’m excited about Ninja books.
Joanne Roberts says
‘Sounds funny. I read Quentin Blake’s Simpkin yesterday. I can’t wait to compare the two for ReFoReMo. Thanks!
We’ll have to check that one out Joanne.
Rosi Hollinbeck says
Sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for telling me about it. I’ll check it out.
I hope you are able to find it Rosi.
Wendy Greenley says
The text is SO spare, it’s interesting that this was by a non-illustrator author.
It is very sparse! This books might be a good recommendation for the Debut author group. 🙂
Patricia Tilton says
Love the cover and the story. The text is really sparse, Great when the artwork carries the action and story. Enzo stole the spotlight today with his Nija incident at school.
Enzo steals the spotlight of my heart and mind many days with his incidents. 🙂
Jilanne Hoffmann says
My son is a ninja, too, spending a great deal of time kicking, punching and wrestling the heavy bag in our house. I highly recommend it as a positive way to use up all that ninja energy. 😀
That does sound like a great idea for ninja energy!
Teresa Robeson says
Hah! Hilarious ninja antics…but I’m glad my boys never tried anything like that. 😉 I’m a stodgy older mom. The art is really cute!
Oh Ninja tactics … I feel like I’m just on the beginning of such rides.
Sue Wang says
I have a ninjacat at home! It’s cool for Enzo to play ninja ;). Sorry he got in trouble. This is a fun book.
I thought of your Ninja Sue! He managed his ninja skills better the rest of the week … no time outs.
I saw this book in our scholastic flyer and passed it over but now I’m sorry I did. I have a class full of ninjas who’d just love this book:)
Oh, it’s so difficult to pass up the books in the scholastic flyer. Hopefully, it will still be in the list. I always check online and find more more to choose from.
The cover is adorable. I can just imagine this little ninja jumping around everywhere.
Oh, he does! Some of the hiding images are very cute as you wonder … How did he hide behind that?
Sue Heavenrich says
This looks like a cute book for young ninjas. I’ll be on the lookout for a copy.
My young ninja has enjoyed it.
This looks like so much fun! How stylish and the opening rhythm has so much energy to it! I’m looking forward to this one! Thank you for the review! I’m really excited to learn about this one!