Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316203845, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 18, 2012
With spare text and lush illustrations, "Nighttime Ninja" is a fun, adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.
Ed Young is the illustrator of more than eighty books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning "Lon Po Po," and the "New York Times "bestseller "Wabi Sabi "by Mark Reibstein. He has also written and illustrated "The House Baba Built," " "which recounts his childhood in Shanghai. Born in China, Ed moved to the United States as a young man and pursued his love of art. "Nighttime Ninja "is the type of picture book Ed would have loved as a young boy. He currently lives in New York.
* "Young's expressive collage artwork, built of fabric, paper, and bits of string, hums with vitality, even in the silence of midnight...Beneath these frames, debut author DaCosta's spare, sinuous prose reinforces the ninja's intrepid, surreptitious elegance...With measured pacing, careful design, and a beautifully symbiotic partnership of word and image, this enormously appealing, timeless story promises to delight preschool audiences and families alike for years to come."
-Booklist (starred review)
"Succinct language full of vivid verbs describing the action sets the mood for Young's lushly textured illustrations...Good to share at bedtime with antsy adventurers."
"A spare text loaded with tension paired with evocative illustrations make this a bedtime story that will be asked for again and again."
-The Horn Book
"Young's austere, nearly abstract mixed-media collage illustrations...perfectly complement DaCosta's spare but neatly suspenseful story."
-School Library Journal
"Wonderfully mysterious...[A] pitch-perfect bedtime read."
-The Wall Street Journal