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Wink, The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed

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Wink, The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed

by J. C. Phillips
Viking, 2009

I love a good story where a child finds a way to express his most inner self and be accepted by others.  This one is especially good for ninjas!

Wink dreamed of being a ninja and attended Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas.  As he learned each lesson, like “Silence is the weapon of the ninja”, he had a difficult time following them.  Instead of being silent, for example, he jumped on a ball, raised he ‘sword’ and hollered, “Look at me!”  Master Zutsu clapped like thunder and raised one angry finger to his lips to reprimand the young ninja.  Everything Wink learned, he pushed beyond the limits of a studious ninja, and Master Zutsu continued to shake his head, until one day Wink was so out of line, that Master Zutsu sent Wink away.  On his way home he heard some noises and saw a boy practicing tricks.  With his ninja training he could see right away what the boy needed to do and demonstrated.  Soon the boy’s family trained him and Wink went on to perform in the circus as, “The Nimble Ninja!” When Master Zutsu saw the circus performance, he acknowledged Wink’s strengths when he said, “Free-flowing water will always find its way.”

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Nighttime Ninja

Nighttime Ninja
By Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young
Little Brown and Company, 2012
2013 Children’s Choice Book Award

It’s midnight. A little ninja appears. He enters the house. He creeps in silence, he listens in the shadows. He takes out his tool…when suddenly lights flash on and a figure looms above him. This delightful story has the mystery and suspense—in kid’s terms—that every young ninja seeks, as well as the love of a patient parent.

Let your ninja live in the mysterious—yet safe—illustrations depicting night, created by award winning artist Ed Young, and the understanding, loving words of Barbara DaCosta. For the youngest ninja lovers.

2013 Children’s Choice Book Award

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