Mommy and Me review: Nina the Neighborhood Ninja

Nina the Neighborhood Ninja Book Cover Nina the Neighborhood Ninja
Sonia Panigrahy Illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla
Children's Fiction
Tiny Sparks Press
November 22, 2016

Nina's a girl who takes charge.

She uses her brain and her muscles to complete rescue missions. She doesn't mind getting dirty and climbing trees. It's all part of the life of the everyday girl superhero.

Young readers are encouraged to recognize that the traits of being smart, strong, and speedy exist within themselves. Young girls will find Nina the Neighborhood Ninja to be a positive affirmation that they too can be superheroes.

My son cannot listen to the same book multiple times. He often tells me ‘Hey! I’ve heard this one! Do we have another?’ Due to this, we are always at the library and we rarely read the same book twice. The one thing I have noticed is the lack of diversity in even children’s books, where I think we need it the most. When we were offered this book for review I was very excited for multiple reasons. First, the main character is a girl and most of the girl books I see are about being a princess. Nina the Neighborhood Ninja?  Sounds adorable. Second, it’s diverse! I actually searched for more diverse books in our children’s section and found very few. I’ll take any chance to promote a diverse children’s book. Lastly, after reading it, I loved how she helped the animals around her.  Nina was just a doll and I loved this book. My son especially loved this book and has listened to it a FEW times now. If you’re looking for your children’s book, look no further!


What did you think about this book? 

Well, it has a cat and Nina saved the cat so I like it.

What was your favorite part of this story? 

NINA! and the cat! The pictures were really really super pretty.

Did you like that Nina was super helpful?

SURE! That’s why she’s a superhero.

Would you like to read this one again? 

I would like that in a few days because we’ve already listened to it a bunch.

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9 thoughts on “Mommy and Me review: Nina the Neighborhood Ninja

  1. This one sounds cute! I bet my daughter would enjoy it.

    As for diversity, yeah, I’ve noticed too. I basically read whatever my daughter picks out. She LOVES Doc McStuffens, so there’s some diversity there!

    A good children’s book you should check out, though it features a white little girl, is The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires. It’s about a little girl trying to build the most magnificent thing, but she keeps getting it wrong. It sends a good strong message for all kids about continuing to try, even after they fail, and to not give up. It shows how to manage anger when you do fail. And it promotes girls in STEM, with the little girl doing engineering. 🙂

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