Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed

Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed

by J. C. Phillipps
     
 

The happiest day of Wink's life was when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. He is sure that he will be a great ninja. Silence is the fi rst lesson and everyone is very very silent . . . except for Wink. Stealth is the second lesson and everyone is very very stealthy . . . except for Wink. Finally, Wink decides that he will be silent and<

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Overview

The happiest day of Wink's life was when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. He is sure that he will be a great ninja. Silence is the fi rst lesson and everyone is very very silent . . . except for Wink. Stealth is the second lesson and everyone is very very stealthy . . . except for Wink. Finally, Wink decides that he will be silent and stealthy. But no one notices! What's the point of being a great ninja if no one notices? Maybe Wink wasn't meant to be a ninja?

This daring debut is an adventure-lover's dream.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Young Wink is excited to be accepted in the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas, but he cannot conform. Master Zutsu emphasizes silence, or invisibility, as he teaches, but Wink feels he just has to be noticed, and so is sent home. On his way, he stops at a house he is passing to demonstrate to the family there all the tricks he can do. One day some time later Master Zutsu and Wink's grandmother are surprised to receive tickets to the Lucky Dragon Circus. There they discover that Wink has finally found his place doing what he loves, as "the Nimble Ninja." Both solid color and ornately patterned cut papers with few details form the characters and settings in framed pages and vignettes as well as in action across the double pages. Wink and the other young ninjas dress in solid black with just their eyes visible as they practice their ninja routines. On the end pages they cavort in a bamboo grove. The Master wears an elegantly decorated Japanese robe. Wink's restless energy and the responses of his audiences move the story quickly along. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Ninjas are supposed to be silent and stealthy. This creates problems for Wink, a ninja in training who has a flamboyant streak. The desire to be in the spotlight causes Master Zutsu to send him home several times with admonishments that read like proverbs: "The loudest cricket is the first to be caught" and "The blossom that flaunts its color is soon plucked." Wink's grandmother tries to cheer him up and shares a few proverbial sayings of her own, including "Time spent laughing is time well spent" and "Sometimes a worry must rest." After a particularly disastrous outing to the panda pen at the zoo, Wink encounters a boy practicing acrobatic tricks and realizes that he has found his special talent. This charming story ends with Master Zutsu and Grandmother receiving tickets to the Lucky Dragon Circus. After watching Wink, aka "the Nimble Ninja," perform, Grandmother remarks, "Your smile has come home." Phillipps's debut is an auspicious one. The story's oft-told message of acceptance has been invigorated with originality and humor. The collage-style illustrations often appear to have a three-dimensional effect and Wink practically bounds off the pages with barely contained energy. The rich colors and textures contribute to the setting and complement the action nicely. This flashy picture book is sure to appeal to a wide audience.-Maura Bresnahan, High Plain Elementary School, Andover, MA

Kirkus Reviews
Flamboyant Wink, a flawed but talented young Ninja student, shows that finding one's true calling is as important as working hard. Master Zutzu, his teacher, tells him to practice stealth. "The loudest cricket is the first to be caught," he says, but Wink wonders what's the point of practicing all his fancy Ninja moves if no one's supposed to see them? This is the conflict he works out during meals with his kind grandmother, who attempts to cheer him up with circus tickets. Wink refuses and continues to try harder, but he can't help but show off. One day, he happens to come across a family from the circus who praises his skills and ultimately provides a better forum for his talents. The original subject matter more or less trumps the predictable tone, although the happy ending is somewhat forced. Phillipps shows off her true calling with chunky, bright collages that use dabs of Asian-style prints and bold accents like bamboo stalks that complement the setting and embody Wink's enthusiastic spirit. Better illustrated than plotted, but entertaining and accessible. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670010929
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
628,571
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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