My Grandma's a Ninja

by Todd Tarpley (Author) Danny Chatzikonstantinou (Illustrator)

My Grandma's a Ninja
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
When Ethan's grandma suggests they take a zip line to school, Ethan realizes that his grandma is a little different. In fact, she's a ninja! Ethan is soon the hit of the school when his grandma drops from the ceiling at show-and-tell, and teaches the kids karate moves and how to do backflips in slow motion. But when his grandma deflates his team's soccer ball, everyone is upset--including Ethan. Why can't he just have a regular grandma? But when Ethan tries out his new karate movesduring the championship game . . . he's happy that his grandma isn't ordinary.
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K-Gr 2--Having a grandmother who is a ninja is awesome, right? She can ride a zip line, drop from the ceiling, and flip and freeze in midair. She can take you on adventures and impress all of your friends. But sometimes all of that action can rub people the wrong way. Ethan finds this out the hard way. At first, he is proud to show off all that his grandma can do, but when his friends get upset when she deflates their soccer ball and ruins practice before the big game, Ethan tells her enough is enough. So Grandma takes a break. This should make Ethan happy, but he realizes that he loves her for who she is and he misses her. He is thrilled when she shows up on game day, and he uses all of the skills she taught him to score big. This delightful picture book is full of humor and action. Terrific as a read-aloud, it will keep young children rapt from the first page until the last. It also has a wonderful message of tolerance, acceptance, and unconditional love. The illustrations are crisp, clean, and comical and add to the overall appeal of the book. VERDICT Children will have a hard time sitting still for this one, in a great way!--Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

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Review quotes

"Todd Tarpley is a black belt picture book writer. My Grandma's a Ninja packs a funny punch for the mind, body and spirit." Bianca Schulze, The Children's Book Review"
Todd Tarpley

Todd Tarpley is the author of numerous children's books including Three Grumpy Trucks, Ten Tiny Toes, and Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!, an ALA Notable Book, and Naughty Ninja Takes a Bath, which spent several days as the #1 children's book on Amazon. His books have been featured in the New York Times; included on Best Books of the Year lists by Huffington Post, Chicago Public Library, and Bank Street College; and translated into Chinese, German, Italian, and Danish. Todd invites you to visit him online at

Steph Laberis is a character designer and illustrator specializing in animation and children's publishing. Her work is known for its sense of whimsy, humor, and expressive (usually animal!) characters. Currently a full-time character and prop designer on an animated series for Disney Jr., Steph previously designed for Disney's Puppy Dog Pals and providedvisual development for DreamWorksTV on the Netflix animated series Rhyme Time Town and Dragons: The Nine Realms. She is also the illustrator of the Grumpy Cat Little Golden Book series and has illustrated over forty picture books. Visit her online at

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Northsouth Books
Publication date
March 20, 2015
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
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