With end pages that say “Hi-ya!” this book is as cool as the little ninjas who will enjoy reading this story. Basically ninja moms and ninja dads drop down on ropes to silently take their ninja kids to the Dojo Daycare while they go to ninja work and do ninja things. Of course little ninja toddlers aren’t all that easy to take care of. And often the dojo master must tell the kids “It’s time for you all to reflect [o]n honor, kindness, and respect.” Eventually the kids realize that Master isn’t quite as unruffled as he would like to appear, and they thankful start acting like calm little ninjas just before all the ninja moms and dads come back for the sneaky little ones.
This is a fun story. No, really. It is. I love the little ninja eyes that peak out from the ninja masks. And the little tufts of hair that sneak out as well are just great. And although I do like that there are all sorts of colors skin on the ninja kids, I don’t like how yellow-ish the dojo master’s skin is. It is just a little too much. But little fun things like the kids all eating sushi and noodles with chopsticks is a great addition to the already enjoyable illustrations. Overall any little ninjas will enjoy this book. And who knows, perhaps they will start thinking more about “honor, kindness, and respect” as well.
What to do after reading this book:
Pretend to be a ninja.
Sneak around the house. See how quiet and sneaky you can be.
Eat food with chopsticks. Perhaps try sushi.
Do some ninja kicks and some ninja chops.
Talk about what “honor, kindness, and respect” means to you.
Owl Kids, 2014
FORMAT: Picture Book