Ninja Baby (Hardcover)

By David Zeltser, Diane Goode (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452135427, 32pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2015

List Price: 16.99*
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"Funny and pitch-perfect."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.

About the Author

David Zeltser is a writer living in Santa Cruz, California. This is his first picture book.

Diane Goode has illustrated more than 55 beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Founding Mothers and the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains. Diane lives in Watchung, New Jersey.

Praise For Ninja Baby

" David Zeltser and Diane Goode deserve a black belt for delivering a high kick to the funny bone! Ninja Baby is a must read for parents and siblings to be."--Judy Schachner, author of Skippyjon Jones

"Watch out for Ninja Baby!"--USA Today

"Stalking undetected into your heart, this book effectively feeds the ninja need."--Kirkus Reviews

"Spirited and stealthy sibling story."--School Library Journal

"Ninja Baby is tons of fun and wonderfully expresses how it feels to be a sibling!"--Peter Catalanotto, author of Monkey and Robot

"Ninja Baby is charming in the extreme."--Paul Fleischman, Newbery Medal-winning author of Joyful Noise, Weslandia and The Matchbox Diary

"It's terrific!"--Lane Smith, author of the Caldecott honor books Grandpa Green and The Stinky Cheese Man and the bestsellers Madam President and John, Paul, George & Ben.

"I love this book! Ninja Baby shines with humor and heart. And, like the book's sibling stars, the words and illustrations are perfectly matched."--Bethanie Murguia, author of Buglette, Snippet, and the Zoe picture book series.

"An over-the-top take on getting a new sibling."-Booklist

"A funny and pitch-perfect story about independence (and its flipside, loneliness), girl power, and sibling rivalry."--Publishers Weekly, starred review