"A gentle rhythm propels this lively and charming text: “A ninja sneaks / creeps, / tumbles, / hides, / and is fast on his feet.” Told through a blend of traditional picture-book illustrations and comic-book–style panels, this seamlessly hybridizes the two forms, creating the perfect jumping-in point for readers interested in ninjas and comics.
High-flying fun to be read aloud or independently. (Picture book. 3-6)"
–Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Readers riding high on the ninja craze will find this treatise on how to be a successful one quite enlightening... Readers follow the main character through comic-book-style panels as he moves with stealthlike precision, covertly navigating each room and the furniture, to fulfill his mission of capturing his prize: his sister’s snack... Acrylic paints and mixed media enhance the comic-strip portrayal of a modern ninja on his quest. Heavy, dark tones are enhanced with bursts of color, such as brightly hued, fiery dragon images in keeping with the theme. Oversize heads and exaggerated expressions round out the laugh-out-loud fun. Prospective ninjas, take notice!"
–School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"The ninja wannabe who wreaks stealthy havoc on his or her household is now a staple of the children’s bookshelf. But Arree, a designer making his picture book debut, shows there’s still plenty of kick left in the premise, thanks to a bold visual style and a keen sense of comic timing. With a dark and saturated palette, long shadows, and graphic-novel framings, Arree hits the sweet spot between sinister and spoof, while showcasing his hero in a repertoire of covert action poses worthy of the most loose-jointed action figure. As the little ninja ambushes his napping father and delights his baby sister by stealing cookies and milk from the kitchen table (until she becomes collateral damage during his escape), the narration is parceled out in hushed, breathless sound bites: “Against all odds,/ he must believe/ in his ability/ to rebound/ and overcome/ all challenges.” Lines like that are made for dramatic, movie trailer–style readalouds, but children will get just as much pleasure out of the young ninja’s DIY getup and the faux gravity of the obstacles he surmounts. Ages 4–7. (June)"