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Title:
Ninja, ninja, never stop!
Author:
Tuell, Todd, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Appleseed, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
Summary:
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a young ninja who uses his special moves to sneak up on the family dog, take a cookie from his brother, and escape Granny's kisses, but before day is done he meets his match.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 820 Lexile.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781419710278
Format :
Book

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Summary

Follow this little ninja as he sneaks up on the family dog, swipes a cookie from his brother, and escapes from Granny's kiss . . . only to be out-ninja'd by his younger brother's sneak attack! Young readers will be drawn in by the fast-paced rhymes that parallel the little ninja's quick moves, and will chant the refrain with glee! This humorous ode to stalking, sneaking, spying, and scheming is sure to be read over and over again, inspiring imaginary play for a new generation of ninjas.

Praise for Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop
"Bright primary hues add an energetic yet retro feel to Carpenter's illustrations... a good choice for mischievous preschoolers with an interest in the martial arts."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"The blocky, bold illustrations and quickly paced narrative combine to evoke satisfying comic-book action."
-- School Library Journal


Author Notes

Todd Tuell serves as co-regional advisor to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. He lives with his family in Broomfield, Colorado. This is his first book.

Illustrator and designer Tad Carpenter has worked with Target, Atlantic Records, Hallmark Cards, and Kidrobot, and has published several children's books. He teaches at the University of Kansas and lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A ninja wannabe is spooked by a big dog and has a tough time fending off Granny's kisses, but he finds an easy mark in his adoring younger brother-until he destroys his sibling's block tower with a "Ninja kick,/ Ninja chop!" The unseen powers that be call a halt ("Ninja, Ninja, WOULD YOU STOP?"), reconciliation is forged, and the ninja discovers that his victim is, in reality, an apt pupil. First-time author Tuell uses short, staccato rhymes to convey the stealth and surprise that is a ninja's stock-in-trade, but the narration is so literal ("Ninja small/ Ninja large./ Ninja duck,/ Ninja charge") that's it's almost unnecessary, given Carpenter's (Zoom! Zoom!) traffic-light palette (except for the ninja, of course-he's all in black) and bold graphics, a style that seems to draw on both contemporary animation and decorative design. The story doesn't always leap and lunge forward like its hero-despite all the action, the "Ninja this, Ninja that" phrasings get a tad repetitive-but there's still enough to quicken pulse of most schoolyard shinobi. Ages 2-5. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A boy wears a ninja mask and stealthily ducks, chops, kicks, and darts through his home. Along the way, readers meet his younger brother, who is unimpressed by his sibling's antics. The story is told through short phrases in big black text: "Ninja run,/Ninja chop./Ninja, ninja,/never stop!" The blocky, bold illustrations and quickly paced narrative combine to evoke satisfying comic-book action. For those already obsessed with ninjas, this may be a wholesome alternative to more violent options. However, though the child is a tame warrior, his aggressive moves-chopping, kicking, and even blocking a kiss from grandma-may turn off some parents.-Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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