I loved the recent book Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, and illustrated by Ed Young. The artwork featuring the cut black paper ninja, and textured cloth and string backdrops, is simple yet stunning. The nighttime ninja in question here turns out to be a young boy on a quest for a bedtime snack. I went to explore to see what else was out there, and lo and behold, there are a whole slew of picture books featuring ninjas. Here is a handy list of some of the titles you can find in our libraries.
An Old Tale With a New Twist
The Three Ninja Pigs
by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Dan Santat
Most of you know the story of the three little pigs. But this one features aikido, jujitsu, and karate skilled pigs! I love how the first two pigs are brothers, but the third pig, big sister, is the one who saves the day. The rhyming text is fun too.
Good for Ninjas in Training
Ninja Cowboy Bear Presents the Way of the Ninja
by David Bruins and Hilary Leung
There are a few Ninja Cowboy Bear books. I first thought Ninja Cowboy Bear was a single character, but it is a trio of characters. The ninja wants to play, but finds that the cowboy and bear are not up to his adventurous standards, and ends up on his own. He comes to realize it is not as fun to be alone, and learns to play in other ways to be with friends.
The Ninja Did It
The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer
A young boy named Tim is accused of lying when he tells his parents that a ninja ate the last piece of cake and a sunburned crocodile landed on the roof, so he figures out a way to prove that he is telling the truth.
Ninja Class Clown
Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed by J. C. Phillipps
Wink finds himself in ninja school, but keeps getting sent home for not learning the ninja ways properly. He has lots of energy, and just wants to be noticed. Then he finds the perfect spot for himself, as a circus ninja.
DeAnn O. has no desire to be a ninja, but she knows some children who would love it.