Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap

Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap by J.C. Phillipps is a nominee for the 2013-2014 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

After performing in the Lucky Dragon Circus, it’s time for Wink to take a break. Wink, however, is finding that taking a nap might not be so easy when he’s surrounded by adoring fans. So what does he do? After trying everything he can think of, Wink returns to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas and takes the advice of Master Zutsu. It’s time for this ninja to nap, and he’ll need some help to get the rest he needs!

As a lifelong lover of naps, I enjoyed this book. The best part, though, was not Wink’s quest for sleep. It was the lovely illustrations. The collages really jumped off the page and, in my opinion, brought a little of Japan to the reader.

When sharing this book with young readers, some explanation of Master Zutsu’s sayings may be needed. I don’t know of many kindergarteners or 1st graders who’ll know what “A golden cage is still a cage” really means.

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