How to be a ninja

Chris Conti

Book - 2017

I am Master Splinter. For many years now, I have been sensei to the greatest team of warriors I have ever known: the Ninja Turtles. Being their teacher in these ancient skills and guiding them as they have come of age has been the greatest honor of my life. If my great students, the Ninja Turtles, should ever be defeated, other worthy heroes must rise up to defend the world. As you read these lessons, you may discover that it is you who are worthy. Do YOU have what it takes to be a hero?

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Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky [2017]
Corporate Authors
Nickelodeon (Television network), Viacom International
Main Author
Chris Conti (author)
Corporate Authors
Nickelodeon (Television network) (-), Viacom International
Item Description
At head of title: Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Physical Description
47 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
5 and up.
  • Lesson 1: Tradition
  • Lesson 2: Discipline
  • Lesson 3: Strength
  • Lesson 4: Modern technology
  • Lesson 5: Creativity
  • Lesson 6: Stealth
  • Lesson 7: Friendship: April O'Neil ; Casey Jones ; Karai a.k.a. Hamato Miwa
  • Lesson 8: Teamwork
  • Know your enemy: The Kraang ; The Foot Clan ; Footbots ; Bebop a.k.a. Anton Zeck and Rocksteady a.k.a. Ivan Steranko ; Rahzar a.k.a. Chris Bradford ; The Rat King a.k.a. Victor Falco ; Tiger Claw a.k.a. Takeshi ; Newtrailizer ; Snakeweed a.k.a. Snake ; Spider Bytez a.k.a. Vic ; Shredder a.k.a. Oroku Saki
  • Ninja mission #1: Stealth
  • Ninja mission #2: Teamwork
Review by Kirkus Book Review

"It's Turtle Time!" Master Splinter, the mutant, adult-human-sized rat sensei of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, invites readers to study the way of the ninja. He first presents a series of lessons with the help of the Turtles and their friends. Splinter narrates the lesson on tradition. Leonardo, the Turtle leader, takes up discipline. Raphael handles strength, Donatello, technology, and Michelangelo, creativity. Stealth, friendship, and teamwork follow. Each lesson is composed of two to four pages of admonitions, platitudes, and pictures. Then ensues a catalog of TMNT enemies. Each is described in a paragraph or two with several pictures and tips on defeating them; these tips reference the previous lessons. Finally, there are a couple "missions" that focus on stealth. Many chapters feature a cheeky comment scrawled in orange ink by Michelangelo in the margins ("I can do science stuff, too. I'm great at dancing the robot"). Conti does a good job channeling the characters' voices in few words. The bright, abundant artwork is right out of the Nickelodeon television show now in its fifth season. It's a slim book, but the elevated vocabulary makes this best suited to middle graders. Reluctant readers who love the Turtles will likely read and reread and use the ninja tips to sneak up on family members. "Booyakasha!" Readers can be ninjas just like the heroes on the half shell. (Fantasy. 7-10) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.