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Ninja!
     

Ninja!

by Arree Chung
 

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A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear—a true ninja can overcome all challenges.

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A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear—a true ninja can overcome all challenges.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
03/24/2014
The ninja wannabe who wreaks stealthy havoc on his or her household is now a staple of the children’s bookshelf. But Arree, a designer making his picture book debut, shows there’s still plenty of kick left in the premise, thanks to a bold visual style and a keen sense of comic timing. With a dark and saturated palette, long shadows, and graphic-novel framings, Arree hits the sweet spot between sinister and spoof, while showcasing his hero in a repertoire of covert action poses worthy of the most loose-jointed action figure. As the little ninja ambushes his napping father and delights his baby sister by stealing cookies and milk from the kitchen table (until she becomes collateral damage during his escape), the narration is parceled out in hushed, breathless sound bites: “Against all odds,/ he must believe/ in his ability/ to rebound/ and overcome/ all challenges.” Lines like that are made for dramatic, movie trailer–style readalouds, but children will get just as much pleasure out of the young ninja’s DIY getup and the faux gravity of the obstacles he surmounts. Ages 4–7. (June)
From the Publisher

“A ninja's full array of skills - stealth, surprise, agility - are on display in this picture book.” —BCCB

“Readers will applaud Maxwell's over-the-top ninja antics and giggle as he takes his unsuspecting family by surprise.” —The Horn Book

“Action-packed fun for wee little ninjas everywhere.” —Booklist

“*High-flying fun to be read aloud or independently.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“*Readers riding high on the ninja craze will find this treatise on how to be a successful one quite enlightening . . . Laugh-out-loud fun.” —SchoolLibrary Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“With a dark and saturated palette, long shadows, and graphic-novel framings, Arree hits the sweet spot between sinister and spoof, while showcasing his hero in the repertoire of covert action poses worthy of the most loose-jointed action figure.” —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
What a young ninja does and needs to do to be successful is the focus of this humorous look at a youngster working to refine his martial arts skills as well as his general stealth abilities. Whether he is after a specific prey—his father sleeping on the couch—or has a mission to secure cookies and milk—this particular mischievous ninja is focused on his objectives. The illustrations are vivid and add greatly to the story, especially in some frames where there is no text, only a perfectly placed gesture from mom as she catches the Ninja doing something he should not. Facial expressions and body language are perfectly portrayed in vivid colors that younger readers will absolutely love and the Ninja’s “rebound” at the end, aided by his protégée, is sure to delight. This is an extremely fun read and I hope the author/illustrator, for whom this is the first book, will continue on with more picture books. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
★ 05/01/2014
K-Gr 2—Readers riding high on the ninja craze will find this treatise on how to be a successful one quite enlightening. For instance, ninjas need special equipment—a thick stick, silent footwear, sticky gloves, etc. A ninja sneaks, creeps, and is fast on his feet. He will face danger (look out, family pets), show courage, and, most importantly, master the art of SURPRISE! Readers follow the main character through comic-book-style panels as he moves with stealthlike precision, covertly navigating each room and the furniture, to fulfill his mission of capturing his prize: his sister's snack. Silent as a spider, this cartoonish little guy is regaled in makeshift black ninja fashion (where is Dad's necktie?), with only his wide eyes (and several teeth) visible to his enemies. Acrylic paints and mixed media enhance the comic-strip portrayal of a modern ninja on his quest. Heavy, dark tones are enhanced with bursts of color, such as brightly hued, fiery dragon images in keeping with the theme. Oversize heads and exaggerated expressions round out the laugh-out-loud fun. Prospective ninjas, take notice!—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-04-30
Silently the young ninja stalks through the house to reach his objective: baby sister's prized milk and cookies.Throughout the quiet house, Ninja Maxwell moves on fleet feet. He has two objectives: surprising his sleeping father and pulling off the ultimate heist of his baby sister's snack (along with his awesome red ninja cup). The young ninja however, is not without feeling. When his ninja skills leave his little sister saddened and him both caught red-handed and "dishonored," Maxwell seizes the opportunity to impart to the next generation (aka selfsame baby sister) the "way of the ninja." Young readers should certainly relate to Maxwell's familiar assemblage of household ninja props: a stick (a pool cue), ninja rope (a jump rope) and, of course, a ninja paddle (a paddleball game). A gentle rhythm propels this lively and charming text: "A ninja sneaks / creeps, / tumbles, / hides, / and is fast on his feet." Told through a blend of traditional picture-book illustrations and comic-book-style panels, this seamlessly hybridizes the two forms, creating the perfect jumping-in point for readers interested in ninjas and comics.High-flying fun to be read aloud or independently. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805099119
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
145,265
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Arree Chung has worked in video games as a designer and art director. He received his ninja training at Art Center College of Design. When he is not practicing his ninja moves, you can find him playing basketball or riding his bike.

Ninja! is the first book he has written and illustrated. Arree lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his family.

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