NINJA BUNNY by Jennifer Gray Olson


Sister vs. Brother
From the "Ninja Bunny" series
Age Range: 3 - 6
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You never know when an extra ninja will come in handy.

Having completed some serious (but hilarious) ninja training and defeated a large bear (Ninja Bunny, 2015), the lightning-fast Ninja Bunny is back. He’s a child-shaped rabbit in a blue suit and mask; his pals are pale beige like him, though they don’t wear suits. But there’s somebody new here: a smaller, red-ninja–suited figure also claiming the title—and the skills—of Ninja Bunny. Blue ninja, exasperated, hollers, “MOMMMMM!!!!” and from offpage, in a speech bubble, comes a decidedly non-ninjalike instruction: “Play with your sister, dear.” He claims that “she’s too little to jump high,” but vignettes, panels, and full spreads show her jumping and kicking with enthusiasm and prowess. She needs to run to keep up, but she can balance upside-down on her frustrated brother’s head with one hand: she’s plenty stretchy and strong. Olson’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations zip and zoom with mobile postures, leaps, and expressive eyebrows. Defying gravity, bunnies even kick and flip while aloft and moving uphill. When the ninja mission calls for stealing the Golden Carrot of Awesomeness (grown by Farmer McGregor, in a wink to Beatrix Potter), which is protected by seemingly impenetrable vines, only the smallest ninja can solve the quandary and execute the task—earning delighted respect from her big brother.

Funny and full of motion. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-399-55074-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Knopf
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2016


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