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Title:
Dojo daycare
Author:
Tougas, Chris, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Toronto, ON ; Berkeley, CA : Owlkids Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls kick, push, punch, and quickly turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can't control the children, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and story time. No one heeds the master's repeated mantra of honor, kindness, and respect-- until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all that they have done, just in time for pickup.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 760 Lexile.
ISBN:
9781771470575
Format :
Book

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One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls push and pull, bust and break, and generally turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can't control the kids, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and storytime. No one heeds the master's repeated mantra of honor, kindness and respect - until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all the damage that they have done, just in time for pickup.Digitally rendered ninjas pop off the page in this rowdy tale. Told in rhyming verse with a lively rhythm, comic expressions, and big sound effects, Dojo Daycare makes for an unbeatably boisterous read-aloud.


Author Notes

CHRIS TOUGAS is a writer-illustrator who loves dogs, the great outdoors, writing fun stories and making art. He has studied art and animation in both Canada and the United States and has worked in film animation at Disney and other studios. Chris now lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.


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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-When busy ninja moms and dads drop off their little ninjas at the Dojo Daycare, it isn't long before-"KABOOM! KAPOW!"-a full-blown ninja riot breaks out over toys and again at lunch. Each time, the Master calls out, "Quiet! It's time for you to all reflect/On honor, kindness, and respect." Unfortunately, the admonition doesn't stick until a storytime debacle leaves the Master practically in tears. Then, despite his previous riotous behavior, one little ninja takes control of the situation using the Master's own words to inspire his companions. "Every ninja understands,/And fists turn into helping hands/As little ninjas work as one,/Undoing all that they have done." Then the remorseful little ninjas go home and head to bed and dream of ninja moves they'll make tomorrow. Tougas's energetic rhyming text is matched by his action-packed illustrations. There is much to see in each spread, but ample white space assures that viewers won't be overwhelmed. His ninjas are dressed all in black with only their hands, feet, and eyes showing, yet they still manage to be expressive. Nice touches of humor include a well-used teddy bear and a family's pets dressed in ninja attire. A fun addition.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

When ninja moms and ninja dads Leave their hidden ninja pads They drop their children off to play At Dojo Daycare for the day Shoes removed, the children bow When suddenly – KABOOM, KAPOW! Excerpted from Dojo Daycare All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.