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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561455792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561455799
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With goofy, wide-eyed, stick-legged, plump-middled figures and just the sort of lunacy that could have sprung from an impish young imagination, this picture book makes for a cheerful, lightly subversive kids' point-of-view rejoinder to the lesson of owning up for your actions." --Booklist

"Latimer has created offbeat digitally colored drawings brimming with quirky, diverse perspectives and hilarious details." --School Library Journal

"Hip and trendy but with a timeless theme, this is one enjoyable read." --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

ALEX LATIMER lives near the border of a national park so when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge. THE BOY WHO CRIED NINJA is his first book for children. He lives in South Africa.

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Customer Reviews

I bought this book for our 4 year old.
Kerri Sanchez
As soon as I finished the second page ("It was a ninja!"), he was giggling and this book became an instant favorite.
Hillary Hartley
It is a really cute story with great illustrations.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Travis Ann Sherman VINE VOICE on April 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Once there was a boy named Tim who no one believed. When his mom asked him what happened to the last slice of cake, he told her the truth. "It was a ninja," cried Tim. (Picture of the ninja stealing the cake.)

Tim is beset by other visitors who get him in trouble: an astronaut, a giant squid, a pirate, a sunburned crocodile and a time-traveling monkey, but he figures out a way to resolve his difficulties AND get 100 ice creams from his apologetic parents who had doubted him. This lighthearted tale deals beautifully with the collision we all face between dealing with the reality of the time-traveling monkeys in our lives and the consequences of their too frequent visits. I read it this week to my preschool storyhours and it was a major hit, striking a familiar chord with all us three year olds. The artwork is charming too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Young Mensan BookParade on December 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The vivid imagination so evident in young children is captured in this picture book that explores the adventures of Tim, a young boy whose excuses for destructive behavior go unbelieved until proven in a stupendous way. The male protagonist and spare illustrations will appeal to boys, and the message that even if no one believes in you, you will triumph in the end is powerful to young gifted readers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Ettinger on July 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great read-aloud story. All of the illustrations are playful and full of color.

I had a great time reading The Boy Who Cried Ninja even before I shared it with a group of kids. Little details like the sunburned crocodile (who later in the story recovers) makes it real genius.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randie on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Latimer, A. (2011). The boy who cried ninja. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

Genre: Children's Picture Storybook

Tim is constantly being blamed for things and his parents accuse him of lying when he says the ninja, pirate, and monkey did it. Frustrated, he decides that if he is going to be accused of lying, he should lie. So he lies and confesses to the mishaps around his house. When this gets him nowhere, he comes up with a plan to prove that he is being honest.

Reaction: HILARIOUS! Lying is a behavior that both children and parents can identify with and Latimer's story captures the frustration that takes place when one actually lies and when one is wrongly accused of lying. While the story is quite unrealistic, it is still a great conversation starter for families or others dealing with issues surrounding lying and honesty. And who doesn't love a time-traveling monkey...that was icing on the cake for me. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on June 16, 2013
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Very nice approach to discuss "telling tales". The subject immediately caught the imagination of my five year old grandson it has become a favorite "go to book".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nire on December 25, 2012
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Cute story but not really the boy who cried wolf, if that is what you are looking for. Maybe a tad confusing for some little kids but my 4.5 yr old likes it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katrina Lyon on November 13, 2012
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This is a great book with a bit of a reference to the 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' as the title suggests. Pirates, ninjas, space monkeys, alligators and more... and fantastically fun illustrations with a few 'jokes' that your kids will love to spot while you are reading. I am going to look for more books by Alex Latimer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philly Librarian on July 20, 2012
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I bought this book for my soon-to-be baby boy. It is a really cute story with great illustrations. I am definitely interested in buying more books from this author. I would highly recommend. I can't wait to have nightly reading sessions when the baby is old enough!
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