My Grandma's a Ninja

illus. by Danny Chatzikonstantinou. 40p. NorthSouth. 2015. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9780735841994.
K-Gr 2—Having a grandmother who is a ninja is awesome, right? She can ride a zip line, drop from the ceiling, and flip and freeze in midair. She can take you on adventures and impress all of your friends. But sometimes all of that action can rub people the wrong way. Ethan finds this out the hard way. At first, he is proud to show off all that his grandma can do, but when his friends get upset when she deflates their soccer ball and ruins practice before the big game, Ethan tells her enough is enough. So Grandma takes a break. This should make Ethan happy, but he realizes that he loves her for who she is and he misses her. He is thrilled when she shows up on game day, and he uses all of the skills she taught him to score big. This delightful picture book is full of humor and action. Terrific as a read-aloud, it will keep young children rapt from the first page until the last. It also has a wonderful message of tolerance, acceptance, and unconditional love. The illustrations are crisp, clean, and comical and add to the overall appeal of the book.
VERDICT Children will have a hard time sitting still for this one, in a great way!

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