WINK, THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED by J.C. Phillipps

WINK, THE NINJA WHO WANTED TO BE NOTICED

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Flamboyant Wink, a flawed but talented young Ninja student, shows that finding one’s true calling is as important as working hard. Master Zutzu, his teacher, tells him to practice stealth. “The loudest cricket is the first to be caught,” he says, but Wink wonders what’s the point of practicing all his fancy Ninja moves if no one’s supposed to see them? This is the conflict he works out during meals with his kind grandmother, who attempts to cheer him up with circus tickets. Wink refuses and continues to try harder, but he can’t help but show off. One day, he happens to come across a family from the circus who praises his skills and ultimately provides a better forum for his talents. The original subject matter more or less trumps the predictable tone, although the happy ending is somewhat forced. Phillipps shows off her true calling with chunky, bright collages that use dabs of Asian-style prints and bold accents like bamboo stalks that complement the setting and embody Wink’s enthusiastic spirit. Better illustrated than plotted, but entertaining and accessible. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-670-01092-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2009




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