From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Born a ninja, Nina exerts her power from the start by karate chopping the doctor. Soft but detailed pen, ink, and watercolor illustrations play up the tongue-in-cheek text on every page, as independent Nina takes control of each situation: “At bedtime, she climbed her crib walls like smoke and vanished. And changing time was hand-to-hand combat. Nina did not like to be helped.” This charming setup serves to launch readers and listeners ruthlessly into the story’s real drama—Nina gets a sibling. He is a “Kung Fu Master,” and here she meets her match. Where Nina has fought for independence, she observes that he seems to be fighting for everyone’s attention and winning it. Lonely and very frustrated, she decides to approach the interloper directly, and ultimately the ninja and the Kung Fu Master join forces. One might worry for the parents of such a duo, but in an amusing twist, the last spread alleviates any concern. Clean design with ample white space to showcase the pictures’ funny details pairs well with the punchy text, making a nice package for sharing aloud. VERDICT This spirited and stealthy new sibling story is one in which young readers can enjoy the exaggerated premise while their grown-ups can possibly glean some comfort.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
” David Zeltser and Diane Goode deserve a black belt for delivering a high kick to the funny bone! Ninja Baby is a must read for parents and siblings to be.”–Judy Schachner, author of Skippyjon Jones
“Ninja Baby is charming in the extreme.”–Paul Fleischman, Newbery Medal-winning author of Joyful Noise, Weslandia and The Matchbox Diary
“It’s terrific!”–Lane Smith, author of the Caldecott honor books Grandpa Green and The Stinky Cheese Man and the bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben.
“I love this book! Ninja Baby shines with humor and heart. And, like the book’s sibling stars, the words and illustrations are perfectly matched.”–Bethanie Murguia, author of Buglette, Snippet, and the Zoe picture book series.
“An over-the-top take on getting a new sibling.”-Booklist
“A funny and pitch-perfect story about independence (and its flipside, loneliness), girl power, and sibling rivalry.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Watch out for Ninja Baby!”–USA Today
“Stalking undetected into your heart, this book effectively feeds the ninja need.”–Kirkus Reviews
“Spirited and stealthy sibling story.”–School Library Journal
“Ninja Baby is tons of fun and wonderfully expresses how it feels to be a sibling!”–Peter Catalanotto, author of Monkey and Robot
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“Funny and pitch-perfect.”—Publishers Weekly, starred reviewFrom the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.