Perfect Picture Book Friday – Ninja Boy’s Secret

Hurray!  It’s Perfect Picture Book Friday once again!

Today I have a book I’ve been wanting to share since November, but what with missing PPBFs for the contests and holidays, and posting holiday-themed books etc, it’s taken me until now.  It’s a special book and I hope you’ll get the chance to read it!


Title: Ninja Boy’s Secret

Written & Illustrated By: Tina Schneider

Tuttle Publishing, September 17 2019, fiction

Suitable For Ages: 3-8

Themes/Topics: being yourself, music

Opening: “Ninja Boy did not want to be a ninja.
He did not want to be still as a stone.
He did not want to climb trees just to disappear into the leaves.
He did not want to slink across rooftops on silent cat feet.

Brief Synopsis: (from the jacket copy) “What do you do when you’re a Ninja who marches to a different beat?  With his faithful dog in tow, Ninja Boy makes his way from silence to song as he finds his voice and his calling.”


text and illustration copyright Tina Schneider 2019, Tuttle Publishing


Links To Resources: the back endpaper has illustrated definitions of some of the less familiar words in the story; the story mentions sonatas and concertos – listen to one of each and talk about what you hear; draw a picture of what you most want to be or do; write a poem about something that matters deeply to you – perhaps in the form of haiku since the story is Japanese; make musical note snacks(recipe); make Do-Re-Mi Music Cupcakes (recipe)


text and illustration copyright Tina Schneider 2019, Tuttle Publishing


Why I Like This Book: This is a book for anyone who has ever wanted to be themself, in spite of what others might expect of them.  Without belligerence or negative confrontation, Ninja Boy simply reveals who he is.  He cannot be his father.  He must be himself.  And there is so much joy and rightness in who he is, that his father not only accepts him, but embraces his difference.  Ninja Boy has his own way of bringing joy and beauty and goodness into the world.  And shouldn’t everyone be encouraged to do that? The art perfectly matches the story, and I love the the musical notes and staffs, the parts of the violin, and other little  details that are tucked within it.  This is a lovely book to share with any little individual you know 🙂

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂


25 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday – Ninja Boy’s Secret

  1. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer says:

    I have to admit that I thought this was a story about being a ninja. Clearly, that’s not the case. I love how tuned in the main character is as he shares the beautiful ways he sees and hears the world around him. I think this book provides the perfect conversation opener for the many ways kids need to express their differences.

  2. Jilanne Hoffmann says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book, Susanna! And I, too, love these cool B&W illustrations that break into color as Ninja boy shows his true colors. You know, I used to be an engineer before I was brave enough to show my true colors, LOL. Cheers!

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