As the clock strikes midnight, a little boy with a huge imagination transforms himself into a ninja to sneak his way to the kitchen and steal ice cream from the freezer before getting caught by his mom and sent back to bed.
Granted, I am an adult who is reading a picture book and may have a different perspective of things in the world, but wow, how I did not like this book. The beginning is absolutely creepy. "The clock struck midnight..." and it looks as if someone is trying to break into their home. "The house was silent. Everyone was asleep." On pages 13 and 14, it looks as if there's a body lying on the floor even though it's supposed to be the shadow of the ninja. "Wait - look!" at what? What is that a picture of? A wall hanging? A rug? I thought the illustrations were confusing and I don't think it's obvious that what the boy has is ice cream at the end. I also think that for new readers, the font is difficult to read. The things I did like... the adorable panda bear that the boy is cuddling on his way back to bed and the vibrant colors used in the illustrations. I don't think young kids, for whom this book was written, would get it. And I really think that a young ninja boy, who is drawn to this book because of the cover, would think this book a kind of downer. Reply