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Ninja and Bunny's Great Adventure Hardcover – December 15, 2015
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I'm giving this 4 stars specifically for the Kindle version which broke up the words and the pictures. If I could have read the words while my daughter could see the pictures the reading experience would have been much smoother.
The sisters are obviously close and Ruthie must tell her little sister some terrific stories. I love how Marion (aka: Bunny) trusts her sister Ruthie (aka: Ninja) as their exciting make-believe adventure becomes more real. While it is nothing new for the imagination of a child to open a new world, making their costumes real in the fairyland was a nice touch. Imagination is a powerful tool in the hands of a child, because they just haven’t figured out that things are impossible and they see the world through unbiased eyes. It is wonderful to find stories that encourage them to stretch those imaginative muscles. I especially enjoyed that the younger sister in her guise as a harmless bunny was able to effect change. It is a wonderful example of what children can accomplish when they have faith in themselves.
This is wonderful story to read to the pre-school crowd. Early readers will find the story easy to learn and easy to follow. Kids who enjoy tv shows like Dragon Tales, will enjoy this story and I hope for many more adventures with these sisters to come. I enjoyed sharing it with my son, who volunteered to review the book as well. Read on to see his review.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My Son Lian’s Review:
Bunny and her sister Ninja were called to save the fairy princess Isla in Fairyland. They find a great monster stalking the princess, but in the end they learn that fear can make monsters bigger.
Readability– 5: The story had great flow and was an easy read.
Age Appropriate– 5: I would recommend this for early readers from K – 3rd gradefive
Illustrations– 5: I loved them. There were detailed yet quite simple. 2 bonus points because the minecraft poster in Ruthie’s bedroom was a nice touch.
Holds Interest– 5: I really enjoyed the story and couldn’t wait to see what happened next.
Did I like It?– 5: I enjoyed it a lot and see plenty of room for more adventures. I recommend it for new readers especially.
5.4 / 5 stars
The vocabulary is simple enough for new readers, but Kara Tyler does not sacrifice the story for this simplicity. Each page is lavishly illustrated in full color by Sarah Pacetti. Her thorough mastery of anatomy shows, even when drawing an anthropomorphic bunny with butterfly wings or an ogre.
The plot device of magically traveling to a fairy kingdom has been done many times before, but I especially like how the costumes the two sisters don at home are taken up into Fairyland and made real. It's also a nice touch that they choose to go to Fairyland; they don't just get taken there randomly. And don't worry about Ninja's swords; she does not kill or even cut any people or animals with them in the story. But she could, if the need arose!
If you love the Oz books, Elfquest, and Narnia, but know some children who are not quite ready for those stories yet, you'll welcome Ninja and Bunny. I wish I had been able to read it when I was first learning to read. Ideal for readers of Dr Seuss. Highly recommended!
I received a free review copy of this book.
First and foremost, Sarah Pacetti's illustrations are delightful. She gives the illustrations a very strong "cartoon" feel, which is personally a favorite art style of mine and it fits the imaginative nature of the story very well.
The story also has a strong cartoon feel to it. I am reminded of well-done pre-school shows such as the Backyardigans, that emphasize both the strength of imagination and the inherent "realness" of imagination. The story is left ambiguous as to whether or not the adventure is real or purely imagined but, and here is the beautiful part, it doesn't matter two our two protagonists Ninja and Bunny.
The only negative I feel I could say about the story is that the conclusion feels oversimplified and a bit rushed. Even though this book is for early readers, I feel it's important for authors to understand that children have an innate acceptance and understanding of storytelling and we don't have to oversimplify in order for them to "get it". This, however, is no fault of the author's and perhaps just a personal feeling of mine as an educator and parent of small children.
I look forward to sharing this story with my 5 year old and look forward to additional future installments of Ninja and Bunny for both the delightful illustrations by Pacetti and hopefully more in depth adventures and exploration of Fairyland by our two heroes.
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