My son’s life is one battle after another.  Clone troopers, zombies, and good old fashioned “bad guys” constantly threaten his existence and must be destroyed at all costs. I’m not sure how he sleeps at night. Our arsenal of Nerf guns, light sabers, and swords would rival that of Rick’s group on The Walking Dead.  However, his favorite method of fighting has always been hand to hand combat… Ninja style. Many years of his life have been spent as “The Ninja Master” training his sister in stealth and martial arts. So when we saw Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta on the shelf at the library, we were immediately intrigued.

After flipping through the pages, I wasn’t sure it would hold my kids’ attention. It had little text and not a lot of action. However, the unique illustrations, done with cut paper, textured cloth, string, and colored pencils caused our eyes to linger on every page and the slow pace actually heightened the tension. “What’s he doing, Mom?” “Where’s he going?” We couldn’t wait to find out what this nighttime ninja was up to! When his task was finally revealed, my kids laughed out loud and the Ninja Master began making plans for his own midnight mission.

This book is a must-read for all the Ninja lovers in your life. If you’d like a snack to go along with it, check out my recipe for Nighttime Ninja Cookies. Or you can just get a bucket of chocolate ice cream. That works too.


Nighttime Ninja Cookies

3 cups oatmeal

1 ½ cups flour

½ cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 cup butter

½ cup brown sugar

¾ cup sugar

1 tbsp. molasses

2 large eggs

1 egg yolk

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups of chocolate chips

1 ½ cups chopped pecans


Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and molasses. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and pecans. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. Let the cookies sit for 5 minutes on the pan before removing to a cooling rack.


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