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Winner of the 2013 Children's Choice Book...
Winner of the 2013 Children's Choice Book of the Year Award for Grades K-2
"Succinct language full of vivid verbs describing the action sets the mood for Young's lushly textured illustrations...Good to share at bedtime with antsy adventurers."—Kirkus
"A spare text loaded with tension paired with evocative illustrations make this a bedtime story that will be asked for again and again."—The Horn Book
"Young's austere, nearly abstract mixed-media collage illustrations...perfectly complement DaCosta's spare but neatly suspenseful story."—School Library Journal
"Wonderfully mysterious...[A] pitch-perfect bedtime read."—The Wall Street Journal
Posted December 13, 2012
Posted August 6, 2013
What is a ninja anyway? The dictionary states: (Japanese) a member of the ninja who were trained in martial arts and hired for espionage, sabotage or assassinations; a person skilled in Ninjutsu. (They sound scary to me. Don't mess with them.)
This book is a children's adventure/thriller with a great surprise ending! A ninja goes on a very suspenseful mission...lights out...no one awake....all quiet...into his kitchen!
The book is full of wonderful verbs and gentle, quiet action words that perfectly describe the stealth, agility and intrigue that covers this mission (not an impossible mission, but one that is totally doable). The fabulous textured pictures were created from cut paper, cloth, string and coloured pencil. Words like ,"clambering, climbing, balancing and leaping," lead the little ninja to his intended destination. He deftly prepares to complete his task when, "Suddenly the lights flash on." Oh, oh danger! A large, imposing, looming silhouette has materialized, hand-on-hip, (toes probably tapping) and low and behold there is his mother watching and catching him in this willful act of night - sneaking. With his spoon in hand he was just ready to delve into his favourite treat when his mission was suddenly aborted and compromised. Sensei Mom immediately takes charge and orders him back to bed, pronto.
This book is entertaining, funny and sparks the imagination. It is a perfect choice for a bedtime story giving your little one the possibility of adventurous dreams upon its completion.
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Posted April 2, 2014
K picked this book up at his school library.
So I read this at bedtime and I thought okay Nighttime ninja what could it be about.
But I was kind of disappointed. When we start out you are seeing a ninja what looks like to be climbing a wall, but at the end you realize the ninja is a boy who was going after something he wanted when everyone was a sleep. So I was a bit like umm okay? I think it would have been better if we saw him sneak out of his room, roll past his parent's bedroom door, creep down the stairs. You know that kind of thing. K seemed to enjoy the book especially the ending where the boy gets his surprise. The illustrations were different than I expected not the best, but they were decent.