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The Boy Who Cried Ninja Hardcover – April 1, 2011

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"Hip and trendy but with a timeless theme, this is one enjoyable read." -- Kirkus Reviews "Kirkus Reviews"

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

"Older siblings may sneak in while this one is being read aloud." -- Publishers Weekly "Publishers Weekly"

"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 "Booklist" --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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xALEX 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.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers; 3/16/11 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561455792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561455799
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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The book itself is excellent quality; the pages have a lovely feel and the illustrations are intriguing.

The message is a little sophisticated: the boy is falsely accused of lying, confesses to things he didn't do in order to keep peace in the family (his parents mete out very mild punishments, "rake the leaves and think about what you did"), and then he concocts a plan to prove that he was trustworthy all along.

This would be a great 'apology' book from a parent--or a gentle way to call out an untruthful child; or a teaching opportunity to discuss communication, trust, persisting in standing up for oneself, etc.

What it is NOT is a silly story to add to your bookshelf without some additional input. Still, highly recommended!
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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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I can look over the weird illustrations, toothpick legs and all, but I like a children's book to have a purpose and teach them something. I thought it could be like the fable "The boy who Cried Wolf," but it definitely bears no resemblance to it and has no moral to the story. Actually, maybe the moral to this one would be "if your children said a giant squid ate their backpack, it might turn out to have been true, and if you accuse them wrongly, you owe them 100 ice creams." Also, I was looking for a book that actually had something to do with ninjas, for a grandson that is into ninjas, but this had maybe 2 mentions of a ninja.
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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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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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Very disappointing. If you are looking for a book especially for a boy who likes Ninjas, this is NOT it, The story is confusing, and the lesson, if there is one, is unclear. I've decided not to give it to my grandson.
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