Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta

Nighttime Ninja

Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal...and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission?With spare text and lush illustrations, Nighttime Ninja is a fun, adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.

Details Nighttime Ninja

TitleNighttime Ninja
Release DateSep 18th, 2012
PublisherLittle, Brown
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Fiction

Reviews Nighttime Ninja

  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    Check out more picture book reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal...and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission?I was totally DECEIVED by this book! My nephew wanted to read it because... NINJAS! And I admit I love them too... but yeah, NO! Not this time... there were ...
  • John
    I like this book because he's a nighttime ninja who sneaks ice cream, so I don't think you should read this to your child really: they might start sneaking or something. (I think this is where I got that sneaking aspect.)
  • Miss Ryoko
    Actual rating: 2.5Barbara DaCosta lives near me so I really want to give her a shining review, however the book didn't meet my expectations. I can't really say what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. However, I can totally relate to the nighttime ninja... when I was little my mom says I used to wake up in the middle of the night and eat all the cheese in the fridge! Haha!The book is alright. The illustrations are creative and different and the ...
  • Betsy
    Nearly wordless, this is a fun read aloud. The illustrations are marvelous and tell most of the story.
  • Luisa Knight
    A sneaky tale with a comical twist.Ages: 3 - 7**Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.
  • Kalee Stegehuis
    This review first published at LOVED this book! I can be a critical reader, but this one had me completely engaged. I spent a few minutes on each page because I thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations and the suspense of the story. It doesn’t contain many words, but it’s still a book you can spend a while reading to kids because the illustration is so mystifying.My favorite aspect of this book is the rel...
  • Amy
    As the clock strikes midnight, a little boy with a huge imagination transforms himself into a ninja to sneak his way to the kitchen and steal ice cream from the freezer before getting caught by his mom and sent back to bed.Granted, I am an adult who is reading a picture book and may have a different perspective of things in the world, but wow, how I did not like this book. The beginning is absolutely creepy. "The clock struck midnight..." and it ...
  • Sara
    Cute papercut illustrations -- very minimal text (would be a short one for story time, there's a lot of wordless pages), but would be a cute short book for a story time interlude. I'm glad there's more ninja books being published -- I have some small patrons who have read EVERY ninja picture book a thousand times, so it's good to see a new one.
  • Meghan
    Cute, and VERY short. Will probably use for pajama storytime, especially since it ties into bedtime and sleep. It will make a good last story of the night.
  • Sunah Chung
    At night, a ninja boy crept into somewhere silently to do his mission. He got caught in the end anyway. What I liked was the story that had a twist at the end and short and simple texts for readers. The illustrations create serious mood of the Ninja's mission, but it turned out that the boy explored his house at night to grab an ice-cream. The illustrations were crafted by using collage techniques with Japanese cultural patterns and images. The ...
  • Abby Hargreaves
    I feel like there's something vaguely offensive about this book, but not being an expert in ninja culture by any means, I can't put my finger on it. I like the silhouette illustrations, though the ninja in those images has a more mature body than that of a child who is supposed to be in bed. There was something vaguely unsatisfying about the end of the narrative, and the structure of the narrative as a whole was nearly nonexistent. That which was...
  • Dana Scott
    Nighttime Ninja is a very cute story with an unexpected ending. At first, it explains how the ninja climbed and leapt through the quiet house. As he began to work the lights turned on. Readers then see that it is a child dressed up as a ninja and was sneaking to get ice cream. His mother tells him to hand it over and accomplish is going to bed mission instead. Though there is not much text it is a very sweet story. Also, the illustrations are ver...
  • Shaniah
    Nighttime Ninja is about a young boy who wishes he was a ninja. It's not until later he gets caught by his mother and is told to go back to bed. The illustrations are beautiful as they are cut in paper, textured cloth, string, and colored pencils. I would categorize this book as Picture book. I would have this book in K-2 classrooms as the text is short. Although, the illustrations can be enjoyed be all ages.
  • Kelsey
    Age: Toddler-PreschoolAsian AmericanA ninja prowls through the jungle and the city, sneaking through a house to have...a carton a ice cream. Until, alas! his mother catches him in the act and brings him back to bed. Distinct collage artwork provide a unique addition to the array of bedtime picture books.
  • Rachael Fricke
    Loved the illustrations! It was like look at a handmade scrapbook! Easy to read for young readers! Short sentences but some tricky words. Throughout the sorry you think the Ninja is this man on a mission, only to find out it's just a young boy sneaking into the kitchen for a midnight ice cream snack. Cute story! Would make a wonderful bedtime story.
  • Robert
    Cute story.We see the Nighttime Ninja in action at midnight. Moving stealthily through a house. Anticipation is built. Excellent art (mixed media collage). Then the ninja is found out . . . by his mother. Ha!Like it, however, it is a very quick read.
  • Barbara
    This story did not capture my attention, and I'm not sure it would capture the interest of my students either. The ending was cute, but there isn't enough of a "story" to it. The illustrations, although "artistic", were not to my taste.
  • Heather Anderson
    My little one LOVED this book and requested we read it again and again. Personally, I thought it could use a bit more of a narrative. There were few words, but it did have a unique graphic style. Cute ending!
  • Betsy
    the lad says- i thought the ninja was funny. the end.the parent says- a nighttime story about a ninja. the mixed arts that were used in the story was a creative choice and different from most children's stories. a good read.
  • Meredith
    intricate illustrations. I liked that they were done by cut paper rather than just drawing. The story was very short and simple
  • Dewey
    This might be good for a preschool storytime. I'm still on the fence about whether I liked it or not.
  • Bethany
    Prep for this summer's Reading BuddiesA ninja is on the prowl... for some late-night ice cream. Too bad he is intercepted by Mom who takes him back to bed!Beautiful paper-cut illustrations.
  • Jo Oehrlein
    Paper collages show a ninja moving around in the night.Just before the completion of his mission, the light comes on and his mother sends him back to bed.
  • J
    Something about this book makes kids sit up and pay attention. The story is short and simple and the illustrations are intriguing.
  • Denise
    A perfect book for bedtime or a pajama story time.
  • Jennifer
    The lack of story development and the illustrations were both disappointments. I won't be using this in story time.
  • Kristen Dutkiewicz
    Very few words and simple illustrations. Nighttime ninja gets children thinking about the characteristics of a ninja.
  • Rommel Sison
    6-year-old daughter: 3 stars (it was, like, 2 seconds)5-year-old daughter: 3 stars (but it was short)
  • Rebecca Caufman
    The clock strikes 12 and a ninjas mission begins. You must read pictures to find out what the mission is.
  • Ivory
    A story about ninjas, being quite, and missions. I loved the storyline. A good classroom library book. Ed young has a wonderful style. Copyright 2013