Dojo Surpriseby Chris Tougas

Published August 9th 2016 by Owlkids Books

4 Stars

Synopsis: The six little ninjas of Dojo Daycare and Dojo Daytrip are back for a third adventure—this time, planning a surprise birthday party for their master. Stealthy as ever, the ninja girls and ninja boys tiptoe around without a noise (or so they think) as they prepare for the celebration. Meanwhile, the master is spooked by the noises and shadows he senses around him. Is there a dragon over there? It’s a total dojo scare! Master must be more aware. He tells himself: If I use my ears and eyes, I won’t be taken by—

SURPRISE! Master gasps, then laughs and cries. He can’t believe his ninja eyes! Streamers, poppers, candles, cake—he’s delighted by the party and by the thoughtfulness of his little ninja charges. There’s even a gift: a dragon-in-the-box who pops out for one last scream.

Chris Tougas’s digitally rendered ninjas pop off the page once again in this laugh-out-loud story. Told in rhyming verse with a playful rhythm, accompanied by hilarious illustrations and big sound effects, Dojo Surprise makes for a riotous read-aloud with a kindhearted message.

My Review: This is the third book in the Dojo series. The six little ninjas of Dojo Daycare and Dojo Daytrip are back for another adventure—this time, planning a surprise birthday party for their master. They are quick to move and hide, quiet so as not to get caught and generous in their planning and execution of the party.

While the Master sleeps, the little ninjas decorate and tiptoe around to get the Dojo set up for a surprise party for the master. There is a lot of screaming, repetition and rhyme that will make this story a hit with youngsters. The illustrations are very simple, but appealing and fitting for the story. A great book for preschoolers and early primary students.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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