June 15, 2015

Ninja Bunny Tour: Review + Giveaway

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the Ninja Bunny blog tour! Today I'll be sharing my review of this adorable picture book - and don't forget to enter the giveaway to win a finished copy of your own! Also, check out the other stops on the tour - there's a schedule at the bottom of my post!

Ninja Bunny
Author: Jennifer Gray Olson
Genre: Children's/Picture Book
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers


This little bunny is ready to embark on the path toward becoming a super awesome ninja. He does what any bunny would do: follows a step-by-step guide in order to become the BEST ninja bunny that ever lived. First, he must learn to work alone and to be super sneaky, strong, and speedy; and most importantly, he must be able to battle anyone, anywhere, anytime. Then the little ninja faces his biggest challenge yet: a big brown bear. What’s a bunny-in-training to do? 

Ninja Bunny is a fun children's picture book that will leave readers of all ages wanting more! The story is about a bunny who wants to become a super awesome ninja. There just happens to be a book that tells you how to become one of these ninjas - along with ten rules that all ninjas have to follow. The book goes through each rule (for example, rule 4: A super awesome ninja must: achieve invisibility) on how one can become an awesome ninja. The rules are believable and fit in perfectly with the story. The writing itself is in the form of ten rules (like I mentioned above) and flows naturally. There are gorgeous illustrations on each page of the book. Some of them are separated on the page, while others take up a two-page spread. The pictures are done with lots of color and go hand in hand with what's happening during the story - for example, going back to rule 4 and achieving invisibility, there's a smaller illustration beside this rule that shows the bunny hiding in a bush with its ears and feet poking out. The story, though short and done in an original manner, does have a positive message at the end. The bunny begins it's own book, with the first rule being that a super awesome ninja needs to have super awesome friends.

I absolutely adore this book! It's funny and a blast to read. What kids wouldn't want to read or hear a story about a bunny who wants to be a ninja? The words are a mix of very simple to medium difficulty which is great for kids in several different age groups. The book is perfect to read to young kids who can't read themselves - the short rules and colorful illustrations keep the children's attention throughout the story. It also works well for kids who are learning how to read - it's great with identifying letters and different words - and for older kids, it's a fantastic tool for sounding out words and forming sentences, as well as practicing reading on their own. From the bright and adorable illustrations to the fun story and the positive message within - this book is perfect for a wide range of kids. I would absolutely recommend this book to parents or caregivers of younger children, teachers of small kids, and even as a gift.

JENNIFER GRAY OLSON is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in art education. She is a glassblower and sculptor. In addition to writing and illustrating, Jennifer is also the co-coordinator of the SCBWI Orange /Riverside/San Bernardino illustrators’ schmooze. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two boys, and baby girl. Learn more about Jennifer and view her illustrations at JenniferGrayOlson.com.

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Giveaway: (1) Hardcover copy of Ninja Bunny - Open to US only!


* I want to send a huge thank you to the awesome people at Knopf BFYRS and Random House Children's Books for sending me a copy of the book for review & for providing the prize for my giveaway! *

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