Little Kunoichi The Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida


Little Kunoichi The Ninja Girl by Sanae Ishida

Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training, is frustrated. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai's practice and skills, she works harder than ever and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work and cooperation when they wow the crowd at the Island Festival. Ninja skills don't come easily to Little Kunoichi. She needs determination-and a special friend-to unleash her power!


Ishida cleverly and drolly promotes the virtues of hard work, imagination, and play. There is much to intrigue both genders, from silly jokes and pink dragons to swordplay and cunning. Beautiful, vivid pops of color at once both gentle and vibrant fill the spreads. The lovely paint-on-paper illustrations have a winning honesty and whimsy. From the text to the artwork, everything about Little Kunoichi's life and culture is made to feel special. This thoughtfulness extends to the backmatter, as a concluding page explains Japanese words and cultural references. Stunning artwork, full of warmth and pizazz, presents a lovable heroine who will win hearts with her perseverance and humor. Kirkus Reviews, starred review Ishida s lovely watercolor illustrations stand out and add charm and depth to this playful tale. There is humor to be found hidden in the pictures and children will be able to pour over them, taking in detail, for a long time. The end contains notes titled Did you know? that cover various aspects of Japanese culture that can be found throughout the book, including information about words in the story, like Kunoichi, games, clothing, and ninjas. It is refreshing to see a young girl ninja instead of the male ninjas so often portrayed in picture books. The tale s message of practice does not always have to equal perfection will resonate with young readers. VERDICT A fun title with great appeal. School Library Journal Kunoichi knows she's gotta train like crazy to be a warrior. Gorgeous watercolors, great message. Good Housekeeping Author-illustrator Sanae Ishida delivers lovely, vibrant images a gentle nod to the watercolors in Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully, and to the sweet, whimsical work of Korean illustrator Uh Soo-Hyun. In one spread, Ishida captures the essence of the festival with such glorious, universal appeal that one could almost (but surely not!) miss the deliciously delightful, intricate kimonos, buoyant lanterns, and sturdy samurais dueling under the bamboo umbrella. If your child adores pretty princesses, be prepared for her to toss her tutu and tiara aside for a shozoko a precious one-piece that covers all but the eyes. Even pet bunny wears one. This is serious cuteness! Little Kunoichi is a special book for ninjas big and small who want a sneak peek into the magic that transpires when two friends unite in a secret hideaway in a super secret village on a super, super secret island. Children's Writer's Guild

Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Sanae lshida grew up drawing princesses, reading Japanese comic books and writing stories she never shared with anyone. She enjoyed stints in wide-ranging fields including illustration, education, technology, retail and theatre arts. When not creating on the page, she designs children's clothing, teaches sewing and overly shares stories at

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3 - 7 years old


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Publication date

18th June 2015



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