Dojo Daycare

Dojo

By Chris Tougas

From 3 to 7 | 32 pages

One morning, six young ninjas are dropped off at Dojo Daycare. As soon as their ninja moms and ninja dads have left: KABOOM! KAPOW! The ninja boys and girls push and pull, bust and break, and generally turn the place upside down in a full-blown ninja riot. Try as he might, the hapless master can’t control the kids, and the disaster plays out through lunchtime and storytime. No one heeds the master’s repeated mantra of honor, kindness and respect – until one little ninja steps up and rallies his ninja pals to undo all the damage that they have done, just in time for pickup.

Digitally rendered ninjas pop off the page in this rowdy tale. Told in rhyming verse with a lively rhythm, comic expressions, and big sound effects, Dojo Daycare makes for an unbeatably boisterous read-aloud.
"[A] fast-paced rhyming tale ... amusing and appropriate." - The New York Times
"[A] rollicking read-aloud."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Humour abounds from beginning to end. Subtle comic touches enhance the already funny concept of "kid ninjas" and elevate the book above similarly themed titles." - Quill & Quire
"Tougas's energetic rhyming text is matched by his action-packed illustrations ... A fun addition." - School Library Journal
"Chris Tougas has created a fun rhyming story that will have kids wanting to act out ninja moves right along with the characters... children will be sure to be entertained." - Resource Links
"The pitch perfect combination of rhythm, repetition, content, and visuals in Dojo Daycare make it an excellent choice to be read to - or by - young children." - Canadian Review of Materials
"This lighthearted book couches important social lessons in humorous rhyme, avoiding a didactic tone while still championing kindness and sharing... This book is just right for the very young, and adults will appreciate the weary ninja Master's daily struggle." - Library Media Connection
"Vigorous and energetic." - Greater Victoria Public Library
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2015 Bolen Books Children's Book Prize, 2015
A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens, 2015
Wyoming Library Association Buckaroo Award (nominee), 2015
Quill & Quire Best of 2014, 2014
A Today's Parent Top Picture Book of 2014, 2014
Nominated for the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards, 2016

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