Last summer, we were all about Ninjas. Molly and Jacob had ninja outfits to do battle with (and learn from) Ninja Master Uncle Cory, and of course we complemented our stealth and adventures with books about ninjas. Read all about it in our post Super Ninjas!
This summer, we may have moved on to all things Pirate (stay tuned). But we also hope to revisit our ninja role-plays and supplement our reading with new additions, like these:
Little Kunoichi, the Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida
“Shugyo is the way; The goal: better, not perfect;Practice and have fun”
Little Kunoichi is trying to be a good ninja, learning at “Secret Ninja Girl School,” but it is very challenging! Luckily, she meets a friend, Chibi Samurai, who goes to a special school, too: The Samurai Dojo Institute. They decide to “train like crazy” together using “shugyo,” as they prepare to showcase their special skills at the Island Festival. A simple tale, but with lots of visual humor in the watercolor illustrations. The end notes also inform about details in the pictures interested readers can go back and find (like the baby in a peach from the traditional folk tale Momotaro). A great addition to any ninja’s picture book collection.
Ninja! by Arree Chung
If you are into the everyday life of contemporary kid ninjas, this is the book for you. Of course, many brothers sneak through the house stealthily to tease a sister or steal her snack. . .but it works so much better if you employ your ninja skills! Dressing the part (in all black fighter garb), and using an unbreakable ninja rope (aka jump rope) make it all the more cunning, courageous, and impressive. The cartoon-like format is a plus, as is the the large illustrations that show the boy’s imagination.
Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed by J.C.Phillips
Who knew there were so many ninja schools for children, at least in the pages of picture books? In this case, Wink attends the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. Wink struggles with the first two lessons–being silent and being stealthy. But when he gets the hang of it and puts the two together, he is both proud. . .and disappointed. Nobody notices! Well, because nobody is supposed to notice ninjas. But that doesn’t sit well with Wink. He wants to be, well, noticed. He is a bit flamboyant and actually craves the spotlight. His energy surges through the illustrations as he learns his own special talents can make for him being a very nimble ninja indeed. And you can follow his adventures in the follow-up book, Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap.