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Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap

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Wink the Nimble Ninja is the star of the Lucky Dragon Circus! But-yawn-being a circus performer is hard work and-yawn-Wink is tired. It is time, Grandmother says, for Wink to take a nap. But every time Wink tries to lie down, his fans show up. They won't let him sleep! Fortunately, with the help of Master Zutsu and the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas, Wink comes up with the perfect plan to find a good place to nap-alone. Illustrated with striking collages, this is a funny, high-energy follow-up to Wink: The ...
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Wink the Nimble Ninja is the star of the Lucky Dragon Circus! But-yawn-being a circus performer is hard work and-yawn-Wink is tired. It is time, Grandmother says, for Wink to take a nap. But every time Wink tries to lie down, his fans show up. They won't let him sleep! Fortunately, with the help of Master Zutsu and the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas, Wink comes up with the perfect plan to find a good place to nap-alone. Illustrated with striking collages, this is a funny, high-energy follow-up to Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having earned notoriety in his first adventure, Wink now stars in the Lucky Dragon Circus and is basking in his fame. But what he could really use is some shut-eye. Unfortunately, he's pursued high and low by fans, who won't let him rest. It's up to droll Master Zutsu, who speaks in allegories, to deliver a solution—even if Wink is a little slow on the uptake ("Why can't Master Zutsu say anything normal?" he complains). Phillipps offers wit aplenty in cut-paper compositions that match Wink's boundless energy and bravado. Even when sleepy, her hero demands to be noticed. Ages 4–up. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—This sequel to Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed (Viking, 2009) is just that: a sequel. There is little development of the narrative to help readers understand just who Wink is and what he does in the Lucky Dragon Circus, and why he needs a "break," which, by the way, is very different from a nap. The confusion starts at the get-go when his fans won't leave him alone and continues throughout this cliché-ridden, but flashy picture book. Yes, the illustrations are bold, sometimes garish and sometimes beautiful, but the story lacks cohesiveness and logic and the characters lack expression. This book is a clear case of the glamour of the art overshadowing the story. Don't be fooled.—Sara Lissa Paulson, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
Kirkus Reviews

Ah, the price of fame. Repeatedly stymied in his efforts to take a nap by a trio of giggling groupies, the overcaffeinated ninja-turned-circus acrobat who achieved his dream inWink, the Ninja Who Wanted To Be Noticed(2009) at last enlists similarly black-swathed classmates from the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas to lead his stalkers off in merry chases for an hour or two. Also returning for this sequel are Wink's wise grandma and frazzled-but-savvy sensei ("One zebra alone is easily seen. A herd creates confusion," he intones. "Why can't Master Zutsu say anything normal?Wink thought. Then he got an idea"). Bright patterns and heavy textures give the paper-collage illustrations a 3D look; borders contain inset illustrations, while full-bleed spreads allow readers to pull back for more expansive views. Phillipps cranks up the visual energy by strewing her brightly lit street scenes with laughing figures, arms and legs flung out joyfully. Like its predecessor, definitely not a snoozer.(Picture book. 5-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670011926
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 342,168
  • Age range: 4 years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


J. C. Phillips has studied art, theater, and mask-making. She loves TV, movies, chocolate, pizza, and her young son, with whom she shares her art studio. She and her family live in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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