Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: Barbara DaCosta
Illustrator: Ed Young
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Ready to live the life of a ninja? Nighttime Ninja takes the reader on a journey through a ninja’s late night capers. He climbs, uses a grappling hook, and stealthily sneaks through hallways to get to his destination. The ninja appears to be infiltrating enemy territory until the story takes a sudden twist. The true identity of the ninja is revealed when his mother turns on the lights and catches him in the act of sneaking a midnight snack. The “ninja” is gently reprimanded and sent on a new mission: getting back into bed.
This book proves that anyone can be a ninja! With a fun twist, preschool and young grade-school children will enjoy both the sneaky life of a ninja, and the comedy of a young child being caught red-handed. The illustrations are particularly captivating because of the use of different textures and patterns. The original illustrations were created using cloth, string, paper, and colored pencils, creating a unique feel for a children’s book. For the aspiring ninja warrior, Nighttime Ninja provides the feeling of a night of daring adventure. For parents with impressionable children, watch out! You may find you have a nighttime wanderer in your own house willing to go to great lengths for a bowl of ice cream.