Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl (Hardcover)

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Meet Little Kunoichi, a young ninja in training!

On a "super secret island" in a "super super secret village," Little Kunoichi, is struggling at school. Inspired by tiny Chibi Samurai’s practice and skills, she works harder than ever and makes a friend. Together, they show the power of perseverance, hard work, and cooperation, and they wow the crowd at the Island Festival. Through beautiful watercolor illustrations, and a funny and endearing story, Little Kunoichi will capture the imagination of young ninjas-in-training.

The endnotes contain additional information about sumo wrestling, ninja training, and other aspects of Japanese language and culture.

More adventures can be found in the Little Kunoichi series with Chibi Samuari Wants a Pet and Ba-chan The Ninja Grandma.

About the Author

SANAE ISHIDA writes, sews, draws, and takes photos almost every day. She lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle. She is the author of the sewing books Sewing Love, Sewing Happiness, and Animal Friends to Sew, as well as the Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl picture book series, and Little Sumo, a board book series. Both she and her daughter have too many handmade clothes. Find out more about her work at

Praise For…

Ishida cleverly and drolly promotes the virtues of hard work, imagination, and play....Stunning artwork, full of warmth and pizazz, presents a lovable heroine who will win hearts with her perseverance and humor.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Ishida’s lovely watercolor illustrations stand out and add charm and depth to this playful tale. ...VERDICT A fun title with great appeal.
—School Library Journal

Kunoichi knows she's gotta train like crazy to be a warrior. Gorgeous watercolors, great message.
—Good Housekeeping

This is serious cuteness! Little Kunoichi is a special book for ninjas big and small who want a sneak peek into the magic that transpires when two friends unite in a secret hideaway in a super secret village on a super, super secret island.
—Children's Writer's Guild

A strong and lovable heroine will win you over with her warmth, perserverance and ninja skills!
—Diapers and Daydreams

Overall this was a delightful tale, but the illustrations are really what make this book special. If you have a little ninja in your home, you will want to pick this one up. Let your kids lead the way, find different characters throughout the book, and create a story of their own. You never know where a little ninja’s imagination will take them.
—Walking On Travels

This book will become a fast favorite among your petites for many reasons. ... Little Kunoichi and Chibi Samurai are exceptionally relatable – they struggle, are innovative, creative, fast friends and best of all they are hard workers and their shugyo style mentality leads them to success.
—The Petite Stag

On a "super secret island" in a "super super secret village," a ninja girl in training, Little Kunoichi, is struggling at school. . . Capping a warm, funny, and encouraging story line about the value of hard work and dedication, Ishida includes an array of information in the endnotes, expanding on references in the text and art to sumo wrestling, ninja training, and other aspects of Japanese language and culture. 
—Publishers Weekly

“[A] fabu children’s book.”
—Red Tricycle  

"Breaks the stereotypes… shows that girls can be ready for action!"
—Pages for Changes

Product Details
ISBN: 9781570619540
ISBN-10: 1570619549
Publisher: Little Bigfoot
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl