10 Little Ninjas

by Miranda Paul (Author) Nate Wragg (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A charming bedtime counting book about ten sneaky little characters who aren't ready to go to sleep... until daddy calls the sensei to send them back to bed. It may be bedtime, but these little ninjas aren't tired. They're sliding, swinging, and slipping out of bed! Can Daddy and the sensei ever tuck them in?

Filled with mischievous fun, 10 Little Ninjas will take young readers from playtime to bedtime again and again. Kids will love the astronauts, tigers, cowboys, dragons and more!

Publishers Weekly

In Paul's (Water Is Water) boisterous story set to the tune of "Ten Little Monkeys," 10 ethnically diverse children avoid bedtime by adopting new personas, including ninjas, "prowling tigers," and "rowdy cowboys." Replacing the "doctor" in the original rhyme is the children's mother, who also changes roles for each scenario: "Daddy called the lifeguard/ and the lifeguard yapped, / 'No more reef sharks/ swimming lazy laps!' " Eventually, there are "No little ninjas sneaking out of bed./ None jumped off and bumped their heads." Wragg (Elwood Bigfoot) captures the push and pull of bedtime rituals in his energetic digitally assembled cartoons. Ages 2-5. Author's agent: Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary. Illustrator's agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (Aug.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--It's that time of night when parents have tucked their children into bed, but instead of drifting off to sleep, the little ones are raring to go. In this retelling of the classic nursery rhyme, instead of monkeys jumping on the bed and bumping their heads, 10 children have a series of imaginative adventures. It begins: "10 little ninjas sneaking out of bed--/one jumped off and/bumped her head./Daddy called the sensei/and the sensei said, /'No more ninjas/sneaking out of bed!' " The kids pretend they are astronauts, race car drivers, pirates, prowling tigers, and dragons. With each adventure, one child has a minor catastrophe--from getting the traditional bump on the head to thwacking the wall--and winds up heading off to bed. The mom and dad work together to corral and discipline their children, but it is the father who calls for help and the mom who lays down the law. As with the original nursery rhyme, children will enjoy reciting the catchy rhymes aloud once they become familiar with the story ("6 rowdy cowboys lassoing the rails--/one loop swooped and, /whoops!, it failed./Daddy called the sheriff/and the sheriff wailed, /'No more cowboys lassoing the rails!'") and counting down as the story progresses. The illustrations are two-dimensional and colorful, with the dominant color palette for each spread changing depending upon the setting. VERDICT A fun read-aloud for bedtime, storytimes, and small group reads.--Sally James, South Hillsborough Elementary School, Hillsborough, CA

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Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication date
August 20, 2016
BISAC categories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV010000 - Juvenile Fiction | Bedtime & Dreams
JUV009030 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Counting & Numbers
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme
Finger play

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