Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Boy Who Cried Ninja

20 Jan

The Boy Who Cried Ninja

By Alex Latimer

32 pages – ages 5+

Published by Peachtree Publishers on April 1, 2011

Theme/Topic – Telling the truth / problem solving

Opening and Synopsis – “Once there was a boy named Tim who no one believed.When his mom asked him what happened to the last slice of cake, he told her the truth. “It was a ninja,” cried Tim.”

In this creative re-telling of the tale “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” Tim is really telling the truth. There REALLY IS a cake stealing ninja, a book bag eating octopus and a parachuting, sunburnt crocodile that eats T.V. antennas! Tim figures since telling the truth is getting him in trouble, he may as well lie about it and take the blame for everything but he only gets in trouble again. Tim makes a plan to invite the REAL trouble makers to a party and show his parents that he was telling the truth all along. His parents realize their mistake and promise to get Tim 100 ice cream cones and they punish the ninja, octopus, crocodile, pirate, time traveling monkey and the astronaut by making them rake the whole yard up!

Why I liked this book – The story is a really different and very funny version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”! I thought it was very unique. Mr. Latimer also illustrated the book and the illustrations are great! This is actually a good lesson for a book because I know that sometimes when I am telling the truth, my parents don’t believe me (especially when it involves fighting with my little sister). I like how Tim solves his problem without telling lies.

Activities and Resources – You can visit Mr. Latimer’s website HERE. I think parents can use the book to talk to their kids about telling the truth and how if you tell the truth even when you do something bad, it is the right thing to do. There is a version of Aesop’s “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” HERE. There is a really cool Muppet Version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” below 🙂


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

39 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday – The Boy Who Cried Ninja”

  1. Renee LaTulippe January 20, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    NINJAS! MUPPETS! CAKE! This review has it all! Seriously, this book sounds hysterical, and that one illustration I see is a hoot. I just put it on my Amazon wish list…and now I know who to blame when my cupcakes disappear in the middle of the night….Great review, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      HA HA! Blame the ninjas!! Thanks for your comment! I hope you like the book 🙂


  2. Michelle Isenhoff January 20, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    This title gets me! Funny! My boys are screaming ninja all the time. Not quite like this though.


  3. Susanna Leonard Hill January 20, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    I read this book at a bookstore almost a year ago. The title grabbed me right away. I love the whole concept of not being believed when you’re telling the truth – haven’t we all faced that?! 🙂 This is a very fun book. Thanks for adding it to the list 🙂


    • Patricia Tilton January 20, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      What a very funny book Erik. I think kids would want this one read over and over. Such a different take — the boy was telling the truth but was quite creative in convincing his parents. Love the review.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

        Thank you Ms. Tilton! I do like that the boy was telling the truth (even if it was a REALLY wacky truth)!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      I really like ho the idea of the story is that the kid is really telling the truth. That’s one of the reasons why I picked it 🙂


  4. cookiejarprincess January 20, 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Ninjas are awesome. Not to mention time traveling monkeys!


  5. Julie January 20, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    This book sounds awesome! I’m going to have to get it from the library, as my kids love fractured fairy tales. One of our favorite spins on this story is The Wolf Who Cried Boy. This one sounds like it might be even funnier, if that’s possible…


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

      I didn’t know what “Fractured Fairy Tales” were. I asked my mom, she said she LOVES them! I just watched one on Youtube 🙂 They are funny! Thanks for telling me about them! I’ll have to look for “The Wolf Who Cried Boy” one!


  6. Jennifer Young January 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Oh, this book sounds and looks perfect for my son! Thanks for sharing. Love the videos 🙂


  7. Natalie January 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    This book sounds hilarious and one that I KNOW my boys would love! And I’m with Renee–That totally must be what happens to all of our sugary treats when nobody is looking! (Of course, Ninjas are taking them!!!)

    Great pick, Erik! I am now officially on the hunt for this one! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      Thank you! I hope you like the book!
      I ALWAYS knew it was the NINJAS stealing the cookies!


  8. Loni Edwards January 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    This looks like a great book, Erik! Thank you for the review and adding it to the PPBF’s list. I love it when an old tale is retold. The illustrations look fun too!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

      I like that the story is told in such a different way. I wish I could think of how to do that!


  9. Beth Stilborn January 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Cool way to retell the familiar story, by standing it on its head and making the truth seem too much for people to believe. Sounds like a book that’s both fun, and has a good message. Thanks, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

      What?!? You don’t believe that there are parachuting sunburnt antenna eating crocodiles?!? hee hee 😉
      Thanks for the comment!


  10. Tracy Bermeo January 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Great book choice. I love all the “troublemakers” and that Tim starts by telling the truth rather than ending by learning to tell the truth. Nice choice! BTW- I saw the “Vampire Weenie” book listed above. A ton of kids checked them out of my son’s school library the other day. What’s the deal with the series? Any good for a 2nd grader?


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      I’m glad you liked my PPBF pick! I will post my review of “Attack of the Vampire Weenies” Monday (it was my boys book club book) and I just finished it. It wasn’t my favorite beauce the stories were pretty creepy and I’m not a huge fan of horror stuff but there are some I do like (like Patrick Carman’s 3:15). I think the creepiest thing that happened was a story where ear buds (for like an ipod) go back together when you are wearing them which is very gross and I don’t think my mom would have let me read it in second grade.


  11. patientdreamer January 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Very cool book and review Erik! How many times have we heard that…. “crying wolf” aye!
    Loved the way this is told. The video clip was a good choice! Thanks Erik.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 21, 2012 at 9:49 am #

      Thanks! I REALLY love the Muppets version – “The Shepperd who cried “WOLFFFFFFF!!!!”! The book is a great idea and a great version too!


  12. Joanne Fritz January 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    I love funny books, especially for boys. Sounds great! I’ve shelved this but never took the time to read it (contrary to public opinion, booksellers don’t have time to sit around and read).


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 21, 2012 at 9:52 am #

      It is REALLY GREAT!!!! Maybe on a not-so-busy day just pick it up and read it! 😉


  13. Barb January 20, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    My grade 1s are going to love this book, Erik. Thanks!


  14. Catherine Johnson January 21, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    That book sounds awesome and I watched that whole video it was so funny!! I love the Muppets. Thanks Erik!


  15. Stacy S. Jensen (@StacySJensen) January 21, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I like your review and it shows that you can retell a story in a fresh way. Plus, I might blame the ninja for the last piece of missing cake. Oops. That’s not the lesson of the story. We’ll check this one out. Looks like fun illustrations, too.


  16. Heather January 22, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    Time traveling monkey=awesome. I can’t wait to read this book!


  17. Caroline January 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    It sounds like a cute book! It’s sometimes hard to believe the truth. It looks like a good teaching book about telling the truth.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

      The truths in this book ARE hard to believe (unless you have cake-eating ninjas living next door)!


  18. viviankirkfield January 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I love a book that deals with truth-telling because I am always looking for picture books with great messages to use in school program. And one that combines a great message with so much funny stuff is bound to be a hit with the kids.

    Thanks, Erik, for bringing us such a great review…I’ll check out the resources you listed…they might be helpful also. 🙂

    I’m really glad to be onboard Susannah’s PPBF!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 23, 2012 at 7:43 am #

      It is a funny book and I like how Tim solves his problem 🙂 I hope you like the book!


  19. Kelly Korenek January 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    What a cool book! The title caught my attention right away. I think my students could really benefit from reading this book, so I will have to order it for our collection. Thank you for sharing it!


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