on October 8, 2012
The title of my review is a quote from my 8-year old son. We are a family of readers and being the youngest he was used to being read to. It has been challenging to find books that he will read on his own. I came across James Patterson's Read-Kiddo-Read website and he recommended NOT discounting graphic novels (which I had kind of been doing - guilty of that mindset that they are "not real books"). Any reading is reading and if it's a graphic novel that engages your child that's great. That being said, my son loves this entire series. The graphics are vibrant and exciting and the stories keep him enthralled. For being part of a Lego line of toys these books impress. In fact, they stand alone. We didn't even know about the toys until after we'd read the second book (and we don't own any of the toys - the books didn't make him think he had to have any stuff). Apparently there is also a tv series. We have not seen this so I cannot comment on how the books might line up with that.
on December 23, 2012
My first grader was a more reluctant reader than his older sister; however, once he discovered the graphic novel genre, he was hooked. What boy doesn't like Legos and ninjas? This series combines the two. I'm a high school English teacher that knows the importance of getting kids hooked on reading while they're young (since few students read by the time they get to me). This series will engage your young reader. (This series caters to male readers, but our third grade daughter has enjoyed them all, too!) My favorite element to these books is that they use a much larger vocabulary than the traditional early readers, so my son is actually ahead of where he is expected to be in reading at school.
on December 2, 2012
my 9 year old started liking the ninjago toys first, and then after reading the ninjago comics, he grew to like the toys even more! don't know if that's a good thing or not?! ;) the quality of this comic is good though, colorful glossy pages throughout. he gives this book a 5 star as he thinks it's the best among the 5 comics so far!
on November 20, 2012
I had reviewed some other books for Papercutz, but didn't even know this line existed. When it showed up unexpectedly on my doorstep, my 8 1/2 year old Ninjago fan was beyond excited, and quickly read it and then continued to gravitate towards it for multiple re-reads. I tried to read Tomb of the Fangpyre and did get through it, but honestly, my mind couldn't keep up with the story, not because of the complexity, but because of my lack of LEGO Ninja knowledge and interest.
There are multiple squares per page, so though it's a short book, the story isn't short and simple. The drawings are great and the colors are bright.
Highly recommend for Ninjago fans, and it might convince a non-reader that reading is an okay thing :)