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Paperback Details
  • 10/2014
  • 9780991324033
  • 40 pages
  • $7.95
Ebook Details
  • 10/2014
  • B00OFDFUFS
  • 40 pages
  • $2.99
JC Thomas
Author, Illustrator
Ninja Mouse: Haiku
JC Thomas, author

The shadows are his comrades.
He wants nothing. He needs nothing.
He is free.

He is Ninja Mouse.

A collection of haiku poetry with themes of martial arts philosophy and nature. Japanese translations included.

Reviews
Dramatic haikus pair with striking illustrations as Thomas, in his first children’s book, introduces the eponymous martial artist, whose gray ears and tail poke out from his sleek black suit, twin swords strapped to his back. Digitally constructed panel sequences show Ninja Mouse posed against rocky escarpments beneath sunset-hued skies, spindly branches lit by the moon’s glow, and changing seasonal backdrops, highlighting the character’s communion with nature. The spare verses (also translated into Japanese) emphasize Ninja Mouse’s creed of mindfulness and honor, and his vow to protect the weak: “Ninja Mouse knows peace/ shuns negativity and/ drinks the universe.” When a giant serpent threatens a tiny mouse, Ninja Mouse descends, first with a peace offering for the beast—a bowl of rice (“Bending to conflict/ paths of resistance are/ always the first choice”)—followed by a necessary use of force. It’s the sole action sequence in a book otherwise devoted to moments of quiet contemplation. Valorous yet humble, Ninja Mouse is a force to be reckoned with, and his creator is a talent to watch. Ages 9–up. (BookLife)
The Picture Book Review

"...a rare book that promotes strength and peace.  Its excellent illustrations and profound haiku are a wonderful example as to how picture books can help children and adults strive to live a better life...this book can sink into your psyche...simultaneously entertains, teaches, and leaves you feeling contemplative." --The Picture Book Review

Wrapped in Foil Children's Book Reviews

"...an almost silent journey of discovery, beautifully delivered entirely in haiku...the illustrations in this book are inspiring." --Wrapped in Foil Children's Book Reviews

News
01/06/2015
Ninja Mouse Donate Program

The Ninja Mouse Donate program helps teachers and librarians get free physical copies of Ninja Mouse: Haiku for their classrooms and libraries. 

Find out more about the program and how to participate here.

01/29/2015
Ninja Mouse Wins Gold Benjamin Franklin Digital Award

Ninja Mouse: Haiku has won a Gold Honor for the Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards from the Independent Book Publisher's Association.

Find out more about the honor here.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 10/2014
  • 9780991324033
  • 40 pages
  • $7.95
Ebook Details
  • 10/2014
  • B00OFDFUFS
  • 40 pages
  • $2.99

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