Monday, December 16, 2019

Review - Fly Guy's Ninja Christmas

Fly Guy's Ninja Christmas (Fly Guy #16)
by Tedd Arnold
Date: 2016
Publisher: Cartwheel Books
Reading level: C
Book type: illustrated chapter book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

In the new book in Tedd Arnold's New York Times bestselling Fly Guy series, it's Christmazzz Eve and Fly Guy doesn't have a present to give his best friend, Buzz. But when he goes out to look for one, Fly Guy meets a stranger in the house whom he has to fight off with his ninja action. Will Fly Guy defeat the stranger? Will he find a present for Buzz?

Even reluctant readers will enjoy this fun, zany holiday story about Fly Guy meeting Santa Claus, knocking over the Christmas tree, and showing off his ninja moves!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I think I'm a little too old for these. I might've liked them when I was in kindergarten, but they're obviously early readers, and as such, they kind of suffer from being... well, light. On everything: plot, characterization, illustrations.

In this short chapter book, Fly Guy realizes he doesn't have a present for Buzz. As he's searching for one, he encounters Santa, and the big guy helps the fly solve his problem.

It's okay for what it is, and I'm sure young children will feel a great sense of accomplishment for reading a "chapter book". But for older readers, there's not much here. I've read lots of picture books that are more advanced.

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 3/5
Pace: 4/5
Writing & Editing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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