So You Want to be a Ninja?

Author: Bruno Vincent
Illustrator: Takayo Akiyama
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-500-65210-7
Pages: 96
Price: $14.95

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Eddie, Kate, and Angus are back again, and this time they’re exploring the possibility of becoming a ninja. But first, they need to learn some secret-keeping skills, because ninja don’t actually exist.

In order to be successful as a ninja, they will need to learn how to dress the part, since ninja need to blend into their surroundings. They will also practice walking on tiptoes and even on all fours, in order to be completely silent. And they will work with ninja weapons and learn how to break into buildings without being discovered. Unlike becoming Vikings or Roman Soldiers, this time they will most likely not have to kill anyone.

So You Want to be a Ninja? is a fun, tongue-in-cheek look at how to be a ninja. I found it very entertaining, and it will be a big hit with kids – especially boys – who will enjoy the author’s sense of humor. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger