Title: Rita Wants a Ninja
Author: Márie Zepf
Illustrator: Mr Ando (Andrew Whitson)
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
Description: Meet Rita. She’s a little girl with very big ideas. Rita loves to hide. She wants her very own ninja who will help train her body and mind. Hi-yaa! Then she will be quiet, quick and invisible. But how would she respond if the ninja stole something close to her own heart?
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such a brilliant story and with some really great illustrations. Every time I read a ‘Rita Wants’ book it seems to be even better than the last, this time Rita wants a ninja after being found playing hide and seek by her younger brother. Rita wants a ninja so she can become invisible and hide, and then she wants to be trained in the art of hiyaaa. But ninjas aren’t always good and soon Rita realises how bad having a ninja could really be.
I’ve really come to enjoy this Rita Wants series and this latest book where Rita wants a ninja is so brilliant! Rita starts imagining why she wants a ninja, and at first the ninja helps her to hide. There are brilliant pictures of Rita hiding from her brother and I love how detailed these are and the various ways that Rita hides from him. Soon Rita also wants to be trained by the ninja in other skills too, but soon after training with the ninja, Rita realises the consequences of having a ninja when the ninja steals something from her.
The story is good and I love how it ends with Rita realising there’s something much better than having ninja and I love how this story includes her brother throughout. The tale is simple but I love how things go and what happens at the end, especially that last page. The illustrations are so amazing, I love the mix of illustrations styles on each page, Rita and the other characters all look good and I love how expressive she is. Each page has such lovely background illustrations too. There are such details in the fish in the river for example, and the trees and landscape. I love how there’s also a chance to spot Rita and the ninja on a few of the pages, hidden in the background. The illustrations make this book so appealing and I just love how colourful and fun everything looks and how you can keep looking back at a page and spot more things.
Overall this is a lovely book and I’m sure many children will love it; and adults too. As usual what Rita wants at first doesn’t seem so appealing by the end, but this time her adventure involves her brother more and I love that, and how things end for them both!
What do you think of this book? Would you want to train with a ninja? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂