Tuesday, June 9, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson


This is my stop on the Ninja Bunny Blog Tour!

Publication: June 9th 2015 
By: Knopf BFYR

A fresh, funny, and hip picture book about a little bunny who wants to be…a ninja!


· Rule #1. You must always work alone.

· Rule #2. You must be super sneaky, especially in the most dangerous of situations.

· Rule #3. A super awesome ninja must: possess incredible strength, achieve invisibility, master the skill of climbing, gain the ability to fly….

This little bunny is ready to embark on the path toward becoming a super awesome ninja. He does what any bunny would do: follows a step-by-step guide in order to become the BEST ninja bunny that ever lived. First, he must learn to work alone and to be super sneaky, strong, and speedy; and most importantly, he must be able to battle anyone, anywhere, anytime. Then the little ninja faces his biggest challenge yet: a big brown bear. What’s a bunny-in-training to do?

~ My Thoughts ~

This is SUCH a cute book! Even my I'm too-old-for-picture-books 10 year old enjoyed reading it. 
I'm telling you, never underestimate the power of a ninja. 

We decided to have a little fun and made Ninja Bunny cupcake toppers out of homemade marshmallow fondant which tastes a million times better than any store bought kind.

~ Guest Post ~

Most Influential Books Growing Up
My earliest memories of books were those by Dr. Seuss. As a child I loved to read aloud and perform the stories (alone in my room, of course). There’s nothing more entertaining to read than a picture book with a clever rhyme, and all of his books have that in spades. They were more than just a bit of silliness to me, though; they had a message, and they had heart. The first book that I recall being affected by emotionally was The Lorax. I remember as a child being so angry with the Once-ler and so sad for the Brown Bar-ba-loots, Humming-Fish, Swomee-Swans, and Truffula Trees.
A couple of years ago, while driving through a familiar part of town with my kids, we saw that overnight, acres and acres of orange groves had been cut down. The trees had been bulldozed into piles; steam was still rising from them. We were in shock. It had always been one of the prettiest parts of town. My boys asked who would do something like that, and without thinking I said “The Once-ler,” and they totally understood.

My love of rhyming books continued as I got older. My next obsession was A Light in the Attic, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and Falling Up by Shel Silverstein. They were funny, subversive and absolutely absurd, which was pretty much how I felt on the inside. I would read them so often that I started dog-earing the pages I’d memorized, until almost every page in all three books were folded. Eventually I had to buy another set because my original ones had begun to fall apart. One of my favorite poems is “The Meehoo with an Exactlywatt.” Unfortunately, this poem is best read aloud Abbott and Costello–style with another person, so once we had kids I would force my husband to perform it with me at storytime.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl was my first chapter book and is still one of my favorite books of all time. You can’t go wrong with a plucky orphan, some oversized bug friends, and a giant piece of fruit.

The book that ultimately turned me into a reader was Lightning by Dean Koontz, a story about a girl who endures a traumatic and disturbing childhood and is repeatedly rescued by a time-traveling German from World War II. Although wildly inappropriate for an eleven-year-old, I remember not being able to put it down. I was hooked on reading and have been ever since.

~ About the Author ~

JENNIFER GRAY OLSON is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in art education. She is a glassblower and sculptor. In addition to writing and illustrating, Jennifer is also the co-coordinator of the SCBWI Orange /Riverside/San Bernardino illustrators’ schmooze. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two boys, and baby girl. Learn more about Jennifer and view her illustrations at JenniferGrayOlson.com.

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