Dojo Daycare Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 13 user ratings


6 little “ninjas” get dropped off at Dojo Daycare and mayhem ensues. They give their master a hard time as they get up to mischief until one ninja realizes how unhappy they have made their master. This little ninja enlists the others to clean up and help. The noises in the book will make it a very entertaining book to read out loud.

Recommended for
Very young children PreK - grade 1. I did find it very light on honor, respect and kindness considering that is what they were supposed to be showing in the dojo, but at least they did learn some examples of that by the end of the story.
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"The illustrations and characters of Chris Tougas book are great. Simple but impactful. The layout and storytelling perfectly mirrors the illustrations. Overall, there’s a nice rhythm to the pacing of the story with the theme…it is a ninja story after all.

I wasn’t convinced of the validity of the story. The adult in me didn’t really understand why the five other ninjas would suddenly listen to the one ninja kid instead of their master.

However the child in me loved the rhythmic, rollicking tale of Dojo Daycare, and adored the digitally rendered ninjas popping off the page in this rowdy tale. It has a fun comic book feel, complete with big sound effects and comic expressions.

Full review;
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"Chris Tougas, the author and illustrator, is apparently an animator who has worked for Disney, and it shows in his artwork. There is lots of action and movement on every page that would lend this story very nicely to an animated short. Especially impressive is the way he conveys so much emotion and personality in the young ninjas' faces without ever showing their mouths! The dojo's bewildered facial expressions also add a lot of humor to the story. There is a visual fart joke I could have done without (I can do without all toilet humor) but otherwise, the pictures are a great asset to the book.

For preschoolers, Pre-K, and Kindergarten classrooms, this book will be a definite hit. The rhyming text is solid, and the storyline of learning to behave in school or daycare is highly relatable. Kids will get a kick out of the mischief the ninjas get into, and they might see themselves or their classmates in some of the characters as well.

Read-alikes for this book include Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to be Noticed and its sequel, Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap, as well as these other ninja-themed 2014 picture books reviewed by Heidi at Geo Librarian.

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"According to Kirkus Reviews, the rhyming text of Dojo Daycare does well to keep readers engaged. Added details in the illustrations of one poor, masked teddy bear’s increasingly mangled state and a particularly gassy ninja are fun to spot. Day care is full of covert purposes, ninja or not; this rollicking read-aloud will fit right in.

(2014, July 15). [Review of the book Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas] Kirkus.

The School Library Journal calls Dojo Daycare a fun addition to Chris Tougas's oeuvre. His energetic rhyming text is matched by his action-packed illustrations. There is much to see in each spread, but ample white space assures that viewers won't be overwhelmed. Nice touches of humor include a well-used teddy bear and a family's pets dressed in ninja attire.

Callegari, C. (2014). [Review of the book Dojo Daycare by Chris Tougas] School Library Journal.

Chris Tougas's Dojo Daycare is a hilarious and relatable story about tiny ninjas who, through their ninja shenanigans, learn the values of kindness and patience. With illustrations that reward frequent returns, this 32-page book is sure to keep the imaginations of its readers reeling and will leave them excited to read it again!
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"Brief Review:
Dojo Daycare was the second runner up for the Wyoming Library Associations Buckaroo Award for children's books. This book would be perfect for pre-kindergarten through 1st grade students. The illustrations are very visually appealing, and the story has characters (ninjas) that kids love. This book is in a kind of poetry/rhyming genre.

Content Area:
After reading this book and looking at the pictures I could use this book in the content area of math. I would do this by having the students count the number of ninjas on each page after I have read the page. While reading I could also ask them to add or subtract the ninjas from one page to the next. This would give students a new way to learn this subject instead of just looking at math problems.

Comprehension Question:

Q: Throughout the book the master asks the ninjas to do what and why does he want them to do this?
A: The master asks them to reflect in the time they have there about honor, kindness and respect. He does this to teach them to think about what they are doing and learn the right way to help one another.

Q: What happens in the book that shows that they learned from the master and what did they learn?
A: One ninja yells quit and repeats what the master always tells them, then they all start working together as a team to clean the dojo before they leave.

Student wonders:

Who owns the teddy bear?
What are the ninjas names?
Do ninja moms and dads no have cars?
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" The kids love this book! It's a fun read. " said.

" If you think childcare is tough, try running a ninja daycare! " said.

" Similar love as my review of its partner "Dojo Daytrip" :) " said.

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