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The Boy Who Cried Ninja

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  968 ratings  ·  204 reviews
In this quirky twist on The Boy Who Cried Wolf, a boys excuses turn out to have an unexpected element of truth.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Peachtree Publishing Company
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Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whenever Tim tells the truth, he is scolded by adults in his family. Even IF a ninja ate the last piece of cake or a monkey snapped the tv antennae, Tim ended up raking leaves as a punishment. Choosing to lie and take the blame does him no better, as he is still blamed for everything. Finally, Tim has an idea, one that might solve all his issues. Neo laughed about why a ninja might want to eat cake, since they can chop up whatever they want, including a mom who does not share. Oh, Neo!
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-kids-books
I thought this book might be a cautionary tale about "crying wolf" but it wasn't. Actually it was quite confusing. My 8 year old asked towards the end of the book, "was he lying or not?" Which was exactly my thoughts through the story. Skip it. ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Latimer, A. (2011). The boy who cried ninja. Atlanta, GA: Peachtree.

Genre: Children’s Picture Storybook

Tim is constantly being blamed for things and his parents accuse him of lying when he says the ninja, pirate, and monkey did it. Frustrated, he decides that if he is going to be accused of lying, he should lie. So he lies and confesses to the mishaps around his house. When this gets him nowhere, he comes up with a plan to prove that he is being honest.

Reaction: HILARIOUS! Lying is a behavior th
Angela Blount
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Originally reviewed for YA Books Central:

Delightfully quirky, and outlandishly fanciful.

There once was a boy named Tim—whose fantastical imagination kept getting him in trouble. Whenever unfortunate things happen, Tim defers blame to an amusing cast of mischievous and unlikely characters. But his family isn’t buying the stories he weaves…

Readers expecting a modern retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf may be a touch perplexed by the route the author takes
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: story-time
I adapted lyrics from a the Mountain Goats song as a review for this book:

"When you punish Tim for seeing ninjas/
Don't expect him to thank or forgive you./
The Boy Named Tim Who Cried Ninja/
Will in time both outpace and outlive you!/
Hail Squid!/
Hail Squid tonight!/
Hail Squid!/
Hail Hail!"
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-355
This is probably now one of my favorite books in the whole world. No joke. It's funny, original, and charming. I loved the creativity, the artwork, and the fun twist. But most of all I loved all of the ways the little boy got in trouble, how crazy is it that a ninja drop kicked a plate of chocolate cake and ate it in one bite?! A sunburnt alligator landing on the roof and breaking the cable antenna? I love how the little boy tried to make it right, and how he found his own solution. His reward w ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
So funny because it is so random. Perfect read-aloud for upper elementary school kids. What else can you say about a book with a cake-eating ninja and a time-traveling monkey who throws pencils at Grandpa?
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
not sure what I think about the message being sent here.
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A twisty twist on the "Boy Who Cried Wolf". Perfect for 2-4 grade - definitely need to have a strong grasp on the moral of the story before proceeding. ...more
Luis Vargas fandiño
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Funny hilarious great for toddler storytime read aloud!!!! 5 stars, two thumbs up, love it!!!!!
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mom, jacob, ellie
Jacob thought this book was funny...boy humor. Mom rated it 3 stars.
Jordan Chamorro
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
An amazing book about a kid who told the truth but was never belied. I recemend this book to all kids
Linda Atkinson
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Truth truly can be stranger than fiction ;-)
Why cry Wolf when you can cry for Ninjas instead? I would know who I what I would pick.

So I was actually looking to read another book by Alex Latimer, but then I bumped against this book, I was instantly intrigued by the title. A boy who, instead of wolf, cries ninja and thinks of elaborate excuses? Sign me up. And I found some great dudes on Youtube reading this book aloud, which made the book even more hilarious. Especially since they are giving comments on what happens and also adding sound
A lot of weird stuff happens at Tim's house and he keeps getting blamed for it - a ninja ate the last slice of cake, an astronaut stole his dad's hammer, a giant squid ate Tim's backpack, etc. When he tells the truth - it wasn't him! - he gets in trouble. Tim decides to accept the blame instead, but the outcome is exactly the same - he gets in trouble. At the end of his wits, he sends party invitations to the REAL culprits, and when they show up and admit their responsibility for all the bad stu ...more
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book. The illustrations were awesome! The story is fun, but it leaves me wondering if it's appropriate for the age of its target audience. Usually picture books are aimed at preschoolers or young elementary age kids. I worry this might be confusing for them. At first Tim is blamed for all kinds of mishaps, even though he tells his parents that a ninja, a sunburned crocodile, and an astronaut actually did the bad deeds. When no one believes him and he gets ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a variation on the boy who cried wolf.

Tim had a problem. Things would happen and his parents wouldn't believe him when he'd tell them he didn't do it. It was the sunburned alligator, or the astronaut, or the octopus, or someone else. They always sent him out to rake leaves and think about what he did. Tim decided to lie since they didn't believe him anyway, but that didn't work either. Then he had an idea of how to prove to his parents that he had been telling the truth.
Children will la
Tara McKenzie
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-lit
Tim is constantly being blamed and his parents accuse him of lying. Frustrated, Tim decides to actually lie about whats happening. When that gets him in even more trouble, he writes a letter to prove he's not lying.

The illustrations are the best part about this book. This book is confusing as a reader because you don't know when Tim really was or wasn't lying, teaching children a bad habit. Plus, as a reader, you think its going to be a spin off of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and its not. Only onc
Miss Kelly
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this picture book. I do a Tween book club and receive all ages at this program. In November I am doing a Ninja book club so I am reading all levels of books regarding Ninjas. This book is about a little boy who has a Ninja eat his cake and a giant squid tho ate his whole book bag...etc. But when the boy tells his parents the truth, they don't believe him and make him do yard work for lying. He invites the Ninja, the squid and all the other characters to a party at his house where his pare ...more
Colby J
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Alex Latimer writes in his fiction picture book the boy who cried ninja that wild imagination can be thought to be a lie, I know this because in the text it says “first the ninja crept into the house then he kicked it into the air and ate it in one bite!”., but it the story shows that when you tell the truth you can be rewarded. I know this because it says “promised to buy him a hundred ice creams”. I think this book is for children of all ages, it shows that telling the truth is better than lyi
Katya Timmons
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great!!! Amazing literature! Instant classic and would definitely recommend! One thing that bothered me was the sunburned alligator. How did he manage to get rid of that sunburn so quickly? From the illustration it looks like a very significant burn and could even possibly be sun poisoning. No matter how serious the burn, I'm just extremely glad that he was able to recover by the end of the book and just in time for the party. ...more
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
The boy has a very wild imagination and tells his parents what he thinks is the truth. His parents don't believe his stories because they are so unreal. He wonders why they dont believe him and he thinks maybe he should lie instead.
I don't know if I really liked this book. It was a little confusing.
The Sleepy Creator
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a classic tale that reminisce that of the boy who cried wolf. Alas it carries with it the essence of "Those who do not believe in Magic will never find it" Sometimes all we need to do is believe. Hey you ADULT this book is for you. Remember the magic that surrounded you when you were a child with limited understanding of the world. Do not let knowledge kill the magic in you. ...more
Kat Harrison
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
"Ninja" is poised as a modern follow-up to "The Boy Who Cried Wolf", except in Latimer's story, the script is flipped and the moral reads a little differently to new, young readers. Though I am not wholly convinced on the type of story "Ninja" wants to be, it has pockets of fun and life that still make it an enjoyable read. ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
What happens when you get in trouble for telling the truth? You lie of course. What happens when you get in trouble for lying? Hmmm. Invite the people who are making these lies and unbelievable truths happen to your house to meet mom and dad!
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
I love story spin-offs. I love the combination of familiar and imagination. I think it helps us see beyond the story to different ideas and connections. This one wasn't my favorite of the genre, but a good add to a ninja collection. ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-25
A humorous and uniquely illustrated story about a young boy and the mischief that surrounds him. A very entertaining spin on the classic Boy that Cried Wolf story, with a clever twist. Full of humor, supported well by illustrations, and connects well with problem/solution.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
A new take on the boy who cried wolf, maybe? (I always try to find ways to use a book in my library during instruction.) The illustrations are adorable and inviting and I think the book will be taken out by students for that alone. I hope to see more from this author/illustrator.
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2017
Funny story with appealing illustrations.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
Nice illustrations, it feels like it's encouraging kids to lie though! ...more
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Alex Latimer lives near the border of a national park so when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge. The Boy Who Cried Ninja is his first book for children. He lives in South Africa.

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