Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316203845, 32pp.
Publication Date: September 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 founding and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in the heart of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. Since 1990, the church has grown to over twenty thousand in weekend attendance. Ed also shares his creative communication style in his daily radio broadcast, "Creative Connection". Ed is the author of "Know Fear: Life's Six Most Common Phobias, High Definition Living", and "Fatal Distractions". He is coauthor with Andy Stanley on a book for pastors and church leaders entitled "Can We Do That?" He and his wife, Lisa, have four children.
* "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