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New from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood
These ninja chicks are anything but chicken!
When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried.
But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox?
This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight!
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—After their mother is abducted by a fox, chickens Hensel and Gretel take rescue into their own hands by learning to become ninjas in this rollicking fractured fairy tale. They train at the 3 Pigs Dojo (recognizable to fans of The Three Ninja Pigs), until one evening they return home to find their coop ransacked and Papa gone. Leaving a trail of crumbs, they search the forest until stumbling upon a house made of delicious corn bread. After Hensel is taken in (literally and figuratively) by the fox, Gretel pops down the chimney and the pair leap, kick, and slice their way to justice. Action and movement abound in a fast-paced tale brimming with silliness and humor. Rhyming text never misses a beat, flowing smoothly and incorporating laughs into every line: "You two Ninja Chicks got us out of that fix, and justice—not dinner—was served." Santat's comic-style panels keep momentum going with richly colored mixed-media illustrations and showcase two hilariously expressive kick-butt heroines. No helpless, victimized protagonists here—only empowered poultry, ready to make it their mission to "rescue, protect, and defend." VERDICT Even those unfamiliar with the previous tales from this team will love this retelling. A great addition for any library.—Kelsey Johnson-Kaiser, La Crosse Public Library, WI
“The classic fairy tale gets a fowl-focused, martial-arts makeover in this jaunty picture book… Schwartz and Gomez’s lively limericks tell the story in a swift, kicky rhythm, while Santat’s dynamic, warm-toned, and action-filled illustrations throw a nice nod to kung-fu movies.”—
"No helpless, victimized protagonists here—only empowered poultry, ready to make it their mission to “rescue, protect, and defend."—
School Library Journal
“The wolf from the first two of Schwartz and Santat's ninja fairy tales (
The Three Ninja Pigs, 2012, etc.) has finally learned to live peacefully—but the fox has yet to learn that lesson. . . [A] raucous retelling.”—
"This book will delight fans of fractured fairy tales and martial arts action movies alike!"—
School Library Connection
About the Author
Corey Rosen Schwartz has no true Ninja training, but she can sure kick butt in Scrabble. She lives in Warren, New Jersey.
Rebecca J. Gomez has been writing stories and poems for kids since she was five years old. She also loves to hike, draw, and play games with her husband and their three children. She also co-authored
What About Moose? with Corey Rosen Schwartz.
Dan Santat is the creator of the Disney Channel’s animated hit
The Replacements and also holds a black belt in Shotokan. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.