Perfect Picture Book Friday! Ninja Baby by David Zeltser

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I liked this different type of jealousy over a new sibling story.

ninjaNinja Baby
Written by David Zeltser
Illustrated by Diane Goode

32 pages – ages 3+
Published by Chronicle Books on November 3, 2015

Theme/Topic- New Sibling/Jealousy

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “When Nina was born, the doctor gently thumped her bottom to make sure she was breathing.

Nina karate chopped her right back.

Synopsis: From Goodreads- From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.

What I Thought- This was a fun book. I really liked how it applied the ninja (and Kung-Fu) activities to real life. Mr. Zeltser has created a great story, and the illustrations are awesome for it! They have little details that make it pretty cool. I really like the feeling of the story and I like how Nina reacts to her new Kung Fu Master baby brother. LOVED the ending of the book. It made me smile, and I like that it leaves the ending open. I can see this book giving a kid who is getting an older sibling a great feeling about the possibilities that he or she can do with their new sibling. Plus the book is just a super fun read. Any kid would like it (and their parents too)! Apparently this is Zeltser’s first picture book. I’d love to see more from him.

Activities and Resources-

Get your ninjas some training by creating your own ninja training studio! There are plenty of ninja themed games and craft activities you can do – HERE is a list of come suggestions.

Try out some martial arts with your kids! I love training in the martial arts and have been since I was 5, but you are never too young (or old) to start. Go to a trial class at a local studio, or if you are a teacher, you can invite an instructor into class to give a demonstration! 

Check out the book’s trailer below. 

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

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26 replies

  1. Erik, This sounds like a super fun book, especially for a new older sibling. Great review!

  2. Ninjas seem very popular in books lately! Looks fun!

  3. We have a new grandchild on the way. This could be a great book for the big brother:). Thanks!

  4. This is a really fun book. Must get it for a young grandchild and niece. Love the cover.

  5. I see the Ninja trend is alive and strong. I can imagine giving this PB as a baby gift. Thanks!

  6. Oh my word, this is my kind of book! I’ve added it to my list. Thanks 🙂

  7. I like the illustrations. Lovely review, Erik

  8. Confession time…I’ve never been a ninja book lover. But from what you’ve written about this story and your description of the illustrations, I have a sneaky suspicion I am going to not only enjoy this book, but I’m going to want to add it to my personal collection. Thank you for sharing it this PPBF.

  9. This looks adorable. I can definitely see it being very popular with kids and adults. 🙂

  10. That opening page would keep me reading! And I love that it’s a girl 🙂

  11. Oh, this looks too fun! and funny! It will have older sibs asking all kinds of questions, I’m sure.

  12. I enjoyed LUG, but had no idea David had written a picture book. Thanks for the heads-up. Ninjas rule!

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