Project Description


The Boy Who Cried Ninja

by Alex Latimer

In this quirky twist on the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf, a boy’s outrageous excuses turn out to have an unexpected element of truth.

Tim witnesses some strange happenings around his house, but no one believes his explanations. In fact, no matter what Tim says, his parents just punish him with chores. To save himself, he hatches a clever plan to expose the truth. Will it work, or will Tim have to spend the rest of his life raking the yard?

Bubbling with wit and humor from start to finish, author-illustrator Alex Latimer’s debut picture book with wacky characters like ninjas, pirates, crocodiles, and time-traveling monkeys, will have readers of all ages laughing out loud.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-579-9
Publication Date: 4/1/2011
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/2″ x 9-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-774-8
Publication Date: 2/1/2014
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-1/2″ x 9-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.3
GRL: L, Gr 2
Lexile: AD740L
Themes: Boy Who Cried Wolf, Fractured Fairy Tales, Honesty
BISAC 1: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
BISAC 2: JUV012040 JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
BISAC 3: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Values & Virtues


“Latimer has created offbeat digitally colored drawings brimming with quirky, diverse perspectives and hilarious details.” ―School Library Journal

“Older siblings may sneak in while this one is being read aloud.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Hip and trendy but with a timeless theme, this is one enjoyable read.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“With goofy, wide-eyed, stick-legged, plump-middled figures and just the sort of lunacy that could have sprung from an impish young imagination, this picture book makes for a cheerful, lightly subversive kids’ point-of-view rejoinder to the lesson of owning up for your actions.” ―Booklist

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“In this refreshing take on ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf,’ a boy’s excuses turn out to have an unexpected element of truth.” ―Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine

“Latimer’s book takes a very simple idea – telling the truth, however outrageous it is – and turns it into an odd and funny essay on the limits of lying and the eventual triumph of truth…” ―The Virginian-Pilot

“The designs for the various creatures are all incredibly delightful, especially in the little details and idiosyncratic touches to their designs and their behaviors (how the ninja eats cake, or rakes leaves, for example)…I’d highly recommend this to any comics fan with a library card.” ―Everyday is like Wednesday

“You’ll love the ending to this fantastical picture book that reminds us that sometimes the simplest answer is not always the correct one.” ―Madison Public Library

“Latimer’s work is tailor-made for a ‘read to’ book, as his sense of humor works on more than one level; and his understanding of a child’s wild imagination is spot-on…” ―Media Darlings

“In summary, a wonderfully cute story about how the truth can really be stranger than fiction…and a child’s imagination while unlimited does not always run away with itself…Recommended reading for all ages…from the little daydreamer to the adult with a penchant for enchantment, it can be enjoyed by any and all.” ―Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Let’s be honest, the title drove me to the book. I couldn’t help it. If a children’s book contains…”ninja” or “zombie” in the title, I’m picking it up. 99.9% (thus far) I put…right down. But Latimer offers us something great…children will adhere to the message of telling the truth no matter what. I think that’s something we can all relate to, no?” ―The Book Hunter

“Children are sure to be amused by this delightfully odd picture book. They will sympathize with Tim’s predicament, and celebrate when he finds a solution. They might even be inspired to tackle the ninja and astronaut who have been causing problems in their lives. Who knows? Perhaps Tim’s solution will work for them too.” ―Through the Looking Glass

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Best Read Aloud Book Award (Finalist) – ReadBoston, 2012

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Meet the Author/Illustrator

Alex Latimer lives in South Africa near the border of a national park. So when not writing or drawing, he spends his free time shooing baboons out of his lounge. He has written several picture books for children. You can visit his website here.