Review! GoGo Ninja by Marco Garcia

23 Oct

gogoGoGo Ninja

By Marco Garcia

Illustrated by Manuela Soriani

35 pages – ages 6+
Published by KIKAI SPORTS on July 5, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.- ebook

SUMMARY – Gogo loves soccer, but he can’t seem to score a goal at all. He misses them all. At his Kendo lesson, he tells his sensei about it. During the Kendo lesson, the master shows his student how to become better. He teaches Gogo about focus and self-control and positive thinking.

WHAT I THOUGHT – I am a bit bias in reviewing this book because I believe in how a martial art can make you better at other things in life. I practice Taekwon-Do, Okinawan Gojo-Ryu Karate, and Jujitsu and I thought this was a very nice story. I like that Gogo is a kid with a problem that many kids deal with – having a tough time at a sport. I like how Mr. Marco incorporates a martial art into the story – Kendo, or the Japanese style of sword-fighting. It is because of Gogo’s sensei’s simple advice – eye contact, posture, and to commit without fear – that Gogo finally succeeds. The illustrations are very cool and it makes the picture books look a lot like a graphic novel. Amazon has the book for ages 6+ but I think some of the words in the book may be hard for younger kids to read (I think 8+ is good for the reading level), although it would make a great read-aloud. There are discussion topics included in the back of the book.

I give this book five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

Want to learn more? Check out the Gogo Ninja Facebook page HERE!


16 Responses to “Review! GoGo Ninja by Marco Garcia”

  1. Lauri Meyers October 23, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    I took karate for a year as an adult, and it really helped me focus on what I could control at work. Now I use yoga in the same way. GReat review!


  2. julie rowan zoch October 23, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Though I don’t practice yoga anymore, I agree with Lauri. Amazing how important balance is! The cover is cool – I like the use of complimentary colors.


  3. readingwithrhythm October 23, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    I don’t know much about martial arts, but this looks like it might be a pretty good read. 🙂


  4. Robyn Campbell October 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    Our boys are all black belts. So I do know a lot about karate. Did I know that little diddy about you? You continue to amaze me. Then you know about concentration. That is so important in practicing any martial art. Our boys are Shotokan. Christopher wants to take Taekwon-Do now. Must have this book. Bodacious review there. *tips imaginary hat* Have TWO donuts. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2014 at 7:17 am #

      I do Gojo-Ryu (don’t know if it’s spelled right – I’ve only heard it, not seen it) brown belt. Taekwon-Do is fun to. Lots of kicks. 🙂
      It’s a great book! 😀


  5. Patricia Tilton October 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Both boys and girls would enjoy this series. Martial arts is really teaches kids concentration and focus. Nice review.


  6. Genevieve Petrillo October 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I am happy that Gogo succeeds in the end. Personally, I am afraid of soccer players. Mom thinks it’s because of the kicking sound, and she doesn’t want to even wonder why that would scare me. #unknownpast

    Love and licks,


  7. writersideup October 24, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    It’s amazing how popular Ninjas are! This looks like a good one, too, Erik 🙂


  8. relationspdbeverly October 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

    I too love the illustration on the cover and it sounds like a book that tweens could learn from as well.


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