Jack B. Ninja

illus. by Stephen Savage. 32p. Orchard. Jul. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545917285. POP
PreS-Gr 1–This simple playful adaptation of the traditional rhyme opens "Jack B. Ninja! Jack, be quick! Jack, jump over the bamboo stick!" Jack is on a secret mission. He has to go underwater, through a cave, and avoid the bandits in order to return the treasure to his ninja master. But what is the treasure? A fun surprise at the end will delight readers. The bouncy rhyming text will make this a fun read-aloud that doesn't get tiring after multiple readings. The digital artwork features ninjas dressed in solid black with only their eyes visible. The backgrounds are brightly colored with simple lines. The text and illustrations combined create a fun and engaging story.
VERDICT This cute and appealing read-aloud would be a fun addition to a ninja-themed storytime and any units on fractured rhymes.

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