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Dojo Daycare

by Chris Tougas

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list price: $16.95
also available: eBook
published: 2014
publisher: Owlkids Books Inc.
  • Long-listed, Nominated for the Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Willow Awards
  • Winner, Annual Award Winner at St. Mary's International School, Tokyo
  • , A Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Book for Kids and Teens
  • Winner, 2015 Bolen Books Children's Book Prize
  • , Wyoming Library Association Buckaroo Award (nominee)
  • Long-listed, Quill & Quire Best of 2014
  • , A Today's Parent Top Picture Book of 2014
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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.

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Contributor notes

CHRIS TOUGAS is a writer-illustrator who loves dogs, the great outdoors, writing fun stories and making art. He has studied art and animation in both Canada and the United States and has worked in film animation at Disney and other studios. Chris now lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Editorial Reviews

"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

"Vigorous and energetic."

— Greater Victoria Public Library

"[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

"[A] fast-paced rhyming tale ... amusing and appropriate."

— The New York Times

"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
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Chris Tougas

Chris Tougas is a writer and illustrator whose picture books include Mechanimals and Dojo Daycare. Chris lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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