A primer on how to be a ninja, especially if you are a bunny.
This rabbit has a goal and so consults a book entitled How to Be a Super Awesome Ninja. In a blue, full-body ninja suit with mask, the bunny demonstrates each rule. “A super awesome ninja must always work alone,” says Rule 1, so the blue-clad rabbit deserts the other bunnies, who quirk eyebrows in a great range of emotion from skeptical and annoyed to concerned and sad. Pictures show the difference between each rule on paper and the rabbit’s success. There might have been “super sneaky” success in a nighttime carrot garden but for the danger of a waiting rake. A ninja must “achieve invisibility,” but the bunny ears sticking out of that bush are pretty identifiable. Pinned upside down to a branch, balancing on one foot at the top of a pointy pine, or plunging through the air—rather, “master[ing] the ability to fly”—this child-shaped bunny is hilarious. Olson’s ink-and-watercolor illustrations make dramatic use of scale, white space, and the contrast between curved lines and straight, blocky lines. When an enormous enemy shows up and forces a re-evaluation of Rule 1, the suspense is simultaneously real and funny, and the bear’s sudden change in scale reveals the power of a group working together.
Sure to inspire some new ninja bunnies. (Picture book. 3-7)