- Book Style: Storybook for toddlers and children
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)Ev
- Illustration: Realistic, colorful, fun
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age (toddlers to grade school children)
Even Ninjas Have Nightmares is a wonderful book from the author duo of J.C. Roussos about a young child named “Ninja”. Ninja has a nightmare where he’s being attacked by a purple and pink octopus (that you’d be scared of). Ninja is a brave young boy who demands the octopus/monster surrender. As he’s doing this, his mother hears his struggles and comes into help him get back into bed and asleep. From there, we follow Ninja’s journey (of fun) that ends in him helping his sister Jane with her own nightmare. Ninja uses his experience and explains that “Even Ninjas Have Nightmares”.
This book is an instant classic for my son and I. He’s done nothing but love this story from the very first time I read it to him, and I can tell he’s going to love it for quite some time. He loves the idea of another little boy liking to dress up and play his favorite character. In fact, my child has suddenly decided he wants to be a ninja! I guess I’ll be putting him in Tae Kwon Do….
The way the story is told is incredibly fun. It’s a lot of fun to read, as just about everything that happens is an incredibly descriptive action. Ninja doesn’t just run, he races. Ninja doesn’t just kick, he screams “hi-yah!” He doesn’t just act like a dragon, he breathes fire. In the end, the reader (that’s you, sports fans) will find that he or she is describing something fun all the time. The reading doesn’t drag on either, as each page is generally fairly short and the story itself moves quickly.
As I said before, this book has become and instant classic for us. My little guy has absolutely fallen in love with the high-energy, perpetually ninja-dressed, kicking, and punching kid that Ninja is. He wants to be just like him. I love that my child has taken to something entirely new and that he’s taking after some of the attributes of Ninja. The kicking and punching notwithstanding, Ninja is a great character who shows some fantastic attributes (including a true selflessness at the end of the book).
If there’s one thing about a book that can cause a child to want to read it again and again, it’s the illustrations. As I was looking at the first few pages in the Amazon preview (book link here), I was blown away by what I was seeing. There was an incredibly amount of detail in each and every item within every illustrations. The faces where lifelike, and yet they somehow maintained a childish and cartoon quality to them. The shading was nothing short of amazing and there was true depth to each scene.
It’s impossible to say enough about the illustrations, so I’ll let the pictures on the page do the talking. Just have a look at the picture above this. That dragon is awesome and the impact of the green lighting is incredible. From there, look at the picture below and you’ll find some incredible detail on Ninja’s hands. If I didn’t know better, that was a picture run through a number of Photoshop pictures. It’s amazing the lifelike quality to those hands and it continues throughout the rest of the illustration.
There’s nothing else to say here. This book is great, and it’s an instant classic for our family. At a whopping $3 USD on Amazon.com, this e-book is more than worth it. If your little one is anything like mine, he or she will absolutely love this story and the illustrations. This is truly a classic for me and my son, and we’re definitely going to purchase a paperback copy as soon as we can (on that note, I’m told that there will be a paperback copy available right away). In any case, click the link below:
Thanks for reading,