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Rita wants a Ninja

Written by Máire Zepf

Illustrated by Mr Ando

Part of the Rita Series

Early Years Key Stage 1 Family / Home Stories Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on Rita wants a Ninja

Fun and thought-provoking picture book in which imaginative Rita re-thinks her ninja plans!

February 2022 Book of the Month

Máire Zepf’s Rita picture books cleverly blend celebrating children’s unbridled imaginations with inviting them to reflect and empower themselves. In this case, while playing hide-and-seek, Rita is struck by a desire to have her very own ninja. After all, “a ninja is silent, fast and invisible”, a “ninja master would teach Rita the art of invisibility” - what better skills for a lover of hide-and-seek? Then, on reflection, Rita considers the fact that ninjas are sneaky, they like fighting, and they might even steal something (or someone…) she loves. So, she decides to be her own master instead!

Sparked by the author’s classroom experiences, and illustrated with verve by Andrew Whitson (better known as Mr Ando), this provides plenty of thought-provoking fun for 3+ year-olds.

The series includes;

Rita wants a Witch

Rita wants a Robot 

Rita wants a Ninja

Rita wants a Fairy Godmother 

Rita wants a Dragon

Rita wants a Genie

Find out more about the series from author Máire Zepf.

Joanne Owen

More About This Book

Máire discusses the series ‘Rita is a little girl with VERY big ideas. She has lots of adventures coming up in which she dreams up fantastical solutions to ordinary problems, often with hilarious results! Each book is based around a different character and centres on a new theme. There will be robots and dragons, ninjas, genies and a fairy godmother who will help her explore notions from fairness and order to the genderisation of clothing and emotional regulation.’

Rita Wants a Ninja is also available in Welsh - Mae Rita Eisiau Ninja

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Rita wants a Ninja Synopsis

Meet Rita. She’s a little girl with very big ideas. Rita loves to hide. She wants her very own ninja who will help her to train her body and mind. Hi-yaa! Then she will be quiet, quick and invisible. But when the ninja steals something close to her own heart, how will she respond?

Book Information

ISBN: 9781802580426
Publication date: 27th January 2022
Author: Máire Zepf
Illustrator: Mr Ando
Publisher: Graffeg Limited
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 36 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic

About Máire Zepf

Máire Zepf has written 12 books for children, from picture books to a YA verse novel. Winner of the KPMG Children’s Book of the Year, the Réics Carló Award and a White Raven in 2020, her books appear in 8 languages worldwide. The Co. Down author was the first Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, based at the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at QUB (2017-19). She is Artistic Director for Quotidian - Word on the Street. About her series, Máire said, ‘Rita is ...

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