Oh hi there! Yes, it's been a while—I took myself on a nice, little vacation. Back to full steam ahead with lots of good stuff coming in the near future!
Written and illustrated by Arree Chung
My rating: ★★★★
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Date of publication: June 7, 2016
Age: 4 - 8 years
Format: library book
Themes: ninjas, family relationships, play
A ninja must be ready for anything! Maxwell is a strong, courageous, silent ninja, but he also wants somebody to play with. Mama, Papa, and little sister Cassy are all too busy, leaving Maxwell disappointed and alone. When Maxwell gets called to dinner, he finds an empty dining room. Could his ninja clan be up to something?
This is a sequel (I only spotlighted the first book here in my Ninja Storytime—yes, I love ninja books) but I actually like it more than the first (reading the first book is not actually necessary, but they are fun together). It's super adorable and funny, with a huge emphasis on family. The illustrations are action-packed with lots of little details to look for or things to find.
My one complaint is that it's not actually written as a story so much as just speech bubbles and a comic-style narrative. That's normally not a problem except there were a few times it was hard to follow; the story panels were sometimes page by page, and other times went across the whole two-page-spread (if that makes sense). Still, cute story and I'm sure kids will have fun with it.
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