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Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  515 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
The happiest day of Wink's life was when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. He is sure that he will be a great ninja. Silence is the first lesson and everyone is very very silent . . . except for Wink. Stealth is the second lesson and everyone is very very stealthy . . . except for Wink. Finally, Wink decides that he will be silent and stealthy. Bu ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 19th 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jul 28, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
When I started reading this, I rolled my eyes. It seemed, for lack of a better word, cheesy. But I warmed up to Wink and his plight and cheered for the ending. The story is a fun look at the fact that we should celebrate our own natures and talents rather than trying to be something we are not.
Amos Kitani
Sep 21, 2012 Amos Kitani rated it did not like it
As an infant who has experience less time outside the womb than inside, I always assume that adults (and these books of theirs) are more knowledgable about the world than I. J.C. Phillips causes me to doubt that fundamental premise.

Phillips learned karate in high school and has a masters in theater education. Drawing upon those experiences and some haphazardly accrued information about East Asian cultures, she has crafted a culturally clumsy, albeit artfully illustrated, story of a ninja who wan
Tyler Jones
Mar 19, 2011 Tyler Jones rated it really liked it
Not only a great children's book, but a book the illustrates an important part of human psychology, and another example of how reading fine literature will make you a better poker player!

Wink is very excited to have been accepted to the Summer Moon School for Ninjas - he can't wait to show everyone what a great ninja he is! But it becomes apparent Winks' desire for recognition is a problem. Master Zutsu tries to teach Wink with wise sayings such as "The flower that flaunts its colours is the fi
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Dec 05, 2009 earthy rated it it was amazing
I kind of love this book to pieces. ^_^

Wink is excited to be admitted into ninja school, but his penchant for making himself the center of attention puts him at odds with his instructor. How can Wink show that he’s learned his ninja skills but also share his excitement and enthusiasm?

The gorgeous cut-out paper collages include bright colors, Asian brocade patterns, and realistic textures for the streets and greenery. The characters, particularly the ninja students, are shown in dynamic, active p
Beth Cato
Apr 10, 2012 Beth Cato rated it really liked it
Shelves: in, 2010, children-s
Ah, Wink. This is currently one of my son's very favorite books, and we've been reading it four days a week for many weeks now. In all, it's a simple story. Boy wants to be a ninja, and possesses the talents to e one. However, he can't be stealthy. He loves to perform. However, when his talents are discovered by a visiting circus, Wink finds a place where he truly belongs--performing ninjitsu for a crowd wearing a glittering outfit.

Some people will probably say this book encourages kids to misbe
I'm torn about this book. On one hand, it's perfectly normal for kids to desire attention, and in most cases, to demand it. But this book encourages kids to demand attention, and that gets old really quick. Finding an outlet is one thing, but the child could also be told that he is not the center of the universe 24/7.
Anna Zbacnik
Mar 03, 2012 Anna Zbacnik rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
After reading my k-2 kids learned some Ninja moves with this silly song and dance:
Mar 20, 2017 Vivian rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ninjas are supposed to be invisible, right? Well, THIS ninja wants to be NOTICED and with a little help finds a more suitable vocation.
Kaela Ewing
Oct 26, 2014 Kaela Ewing rated it really liked it
This book is written by an author who does not identify with Asian culture. Although this may be true, J.C. Phillipps knows a little about Asian culture because she is a Martial Artist. Wink is accepted into ninja school, but does not seem to fit the criteria of a perfect ninja: stealthy, silent, and strong. Wink does not know how to be silent and seeks attention, which displeases Master Zutsu. He is angry with Wink, which is evident in his disapproving facial expressions. While the other ninjas ...more
Skye Kilaen
Jun 23, 2015 Skye Kilaen rated it really liked it
Wink really wants to be good at ninja school, but he also craves attention. He needs to find his own path! Though this is a story about being yourself, it's not a story about rebellion and rejection. Wink doesn't disrespect his ninja school master. His master ends up pleased that Wink has figured himself out. And it's Wink's grandmother's advice that helps him finds his way. The sheer joy at the end of this book made my day.

(The second Wink book loses some of the respect I appreciated in the fir
Wink is very excited to have been accepted to the Summer Moon School for Ninjas and he can't wait to show everyone what a great ninja he is.However, it becomes apparent Winks' desire for recognition is a problem. I love this quote from the book that says,as "The flower that flaunts its colours is the first to be plucked!" This quote shows winks mindset at ninja school. He wanted to be the center of attention and constantly be noticed for what a great ninja he thought he was. He was told all the ...more
Mar 24, 2010 Kendra rated it really liked it
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Mary Sesar
Sep 26, 2011 Mary Sesar rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, funny
This book was definitely a joy to read. The illustrations were funny and done well. Wink was so excited to be a ninja that he never stayed focus and did what the instructor told him to do and was sent home numerous times. In the end wink found the right place in a circus. He was a big hit! The crowd loved him and thought all his tricks were amazing. This can be used to teach children that there are consequences when they aren't listening. It can also be used to teach children that just because ...more
Feb 13, 2012 Ingrid rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Here are the things I love about this book: the paper-cut illustrations, the lack of violence, the presence of ninja, the personality of Wink, and the New Moon School for Young Ninjas. I also really liked the Confucian-like saying of Master Zutsu. Here is what I do not like: the story lacks excitement. Still cute, with a good message, but I think a book about a ninja should have a little more action. Having said that, both my boys (4&5) really liked it. I tried this in Story Time and it did ...more
Jul 25, 2009 Anna rated it really liked it
I <3 this flamboyant Ninja!

Wink is ecstatic to be starting Ninja School, but what does it take to be a great ninja? Good balance - check. Colorful costumes - check. Enthusiasm - check. Unfortunately, this is not what Master Zutsu is looking for. How can Wink be a good ninja and still be himself?

This is an endearing story, and although it has been told many times before, the characters, setting, and illustrations make it funny and fresh. The cut paper art really takes my love for this picture
Wink is training to be a ninja, and he wants to be the best ninja he can, but there's a problem. Wink also wants everyone else to notice how good a ninja he is. This leads to Wink doing things like making a new set of ninja clothes from his grandmother's colourful curtains and calling out when he has made a particularly successful stalking.

This behaviour does not go over well with the ninja master, who kicks Wink out of his academy. Wink's heart is broken, until he meets a family of circus pref
Nov 25, 2012 Magila rated it really liked it

This was a super fun book with a mix of art that reminds you of Japanese paper and origami. Little ninja lovers will find this book irresistible. The characters are memorable and the story is quick with fun writing.

In the end, from the perspective of teaching kids something worthwhile, I sort of wish the book ended differently. It's more of a quibble than a major complaint, since it ended with such a nice message anyway. Just different than I initially hoped for.

For kids that are just a li
Jan 29, 2011 Meredith rated it liked it
Despite his considerable talent, Wink’s colorful personality and need for attention jeopardizes his standing at Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. Wink suffers a great deal of heartache over his inability to embrace stealth until he discovers a career that combines all a ninja’s martial art skills with flashy showmanship.

A cute picture book illustrated with cut-paper collages, perfectly suited for boys.
Dylan & Belle at LearnPlayFun
This book had Dylan trying to read as quickly as possible, so he could turn the pages faster and get to the next part of the story. When Wink's grandmother received the tickets to the circus, Dylan laughed out loud.

Here are Dylan's thoughts on this book, in his own words:

I liked how he balanced on the bamboo. A ninja who didn't concentrate, and how he went into the circus. He couldn't stay quiet. He liked performing.

About the artwork: I liked how they made a collage.
Poor Wink. He wants to be a ninja so bad. He is finally accepted into the Ninja Academy and he is thrilled. The only problem is he is too loud, can't hide properly, and is always getting in trouble. Wink begins to think he can never be a ninja, but finds his place in a most unexpected way.

Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed is perfect for that student who is having trouble fitting in with the class. This story shows children there is a place where they can shine.
Jenilyn Willis
Sep 21, 2011 Jenilyn Willis rated it really liked it
This was a cute story with a good message. It's about a little boy who wants to be a ninja, but just doesn't seem to fit in with all the other ninjas. It teaches children that even if you don't feel like you fit in where you are, it doesn't mean that you don't fit in anywhere. Each child has their own special abilities that make them unique, and there is a place for everyone in every classroom and in the world; it's just a matter of figuring out where you belong.
Sarah Zimmer
Oct 20, 2011 Sarah Zimmer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This story is about Wink, a boy who wants to become a Ninja so more people will notice him. However, throughout the book, he is having problems mastering the techniques and eventually realizes that he can be noticed just by being himself. This is a great book to read to children who are having trouble trying to find their own path in life and it shows them that being themselves is the best thing they can do.
Gwen the Librarian
Apr 14, 2009 Gwen the Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Wink is in ninja school where he is supposed to learn to be silent and stealthy. No one is supposed to see a ninja - but if no one can see him, how can anyone know what a great ninja Wink can be? Wink loves attention! Every day Wink is sent home from ninja school to his grandmother who tries to cheer him up. Then the circus comes to town and there is a slightly predictable ending. That's okay - this is a really fun story that will fill a niche with boys and girls alike.
Shelby Troutman
This children's picture book was about a young boy named Wink who dreamed of being a Ninja. In the beginning of the book Wink is accepted to Ninja school and begins to learn techniques. As the book continues we see Wink struggle to master the techniques at the time the instructor wants. He finally learns that he can achieve his goal of being noticed by being himself. He uses the techniques he gains from Ninja school to join the circus and become the star!
Wink is goes to Ninja school, but it is TOO hard to be quiet, to sneak and to not have anyone paying attention to him.

Why I picked it up: For "W" Story time with all the boys who are coming.

Why I finished it: I loved Wink and I know that my boys will relate to his problems of being quiet. Plus the paper cut illustrations are wonderful.

Who I would recommend it to: Beth who has little ninjas of her own.
Sep 17, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
Wink is a young Ninja who just wants to prove to his teacher that he is a good ninja, but when he is being stealthy and blending into his surroundings no one notices him, and he wants to be noticed. After being kicked out of ninja school he joins the circus to show off his talents. This book is funny and shows kids that just because you might fail at one thing doesn't mean you won't succeed.
May 21, 2010 Bethany rated it really liked it
Wink, a young ninja in training, can't bear to have all of his hard work go unnoticed. His teacher despairs, his grandmother tries to help ... but it's no good. Wink wants to be a ninja who is noticed! Fortunatley, Wink stumbles across his true calling, earning the admiration of his teacher, his grandmother, and the whole community.
Amy Brown
Wink is learning to be a ninja but he has a hard time being quiet and staying hidden. He finds it hard to be himself and still be a ninja. One day, though, he realizes that there is something he can do to use his ninja skills and to also keep his personality. Good book about individuality and being true to yourself even if other people don't always understand.
Apr 25, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, humor
A funny story about a boy who just does not fit in ninja school, and where he finds his niche in life. The illustrations contribute to the humor of this story. Vivid, bold and colorful illustrations. I want this book for my own library. This book could be used as a mentor text for students on how to write with humor, and make their stories funny. I just loved it.
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Julie (J. C.) Phillipps is a born and raised Ohio girl who lives in New England. If you have a very good ear, you can still catch a little Midwestern accent. Although she has learned to say "soda" instead of "pop" and "sneakers" instead of "tennis shoes," she still thinks of the tiny candy on top of cupcakes as "sprinkles." "Jimmies" is just weird.

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