DaCosta, B., & Young, E. (ill.) (2012). Nighttime ninja. New York: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN: 9780316203845
Annotation: Late at night, when everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps through the house on a secret mission.
Reaction: This is an exciting adventure story that highlights a child’s imagination and ability for creative play. Throughout the story we see the ninja as he sees himself, and it’s not until the end when he’s busted while on his mission that we see him as he really is. I love the way his mother plays along with him and gives him a new “back-to-bed mission” rather than scolding him or ignoring his play.
The illustrations are what really make this book outstanding. Young’s use of paper, cloth and string add texture and depth to the images and really make the story come alive. Dacosta’s text is simple and plain and allows the illustrations to do most of the heavy lifting.
I think this book could inspire kids do some of their own creative play and let their imaginations create new personas and adventures.
Winner 2013 Children’s Choice Book Awards
Media Used: Cut paper, textured cloth, string and colored pencil