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Ninja Timmy
Henrik Tamm
Illustrated by Henrik Tamm

Delacorte Press / Random House Children's Books
11/10/2015 / ISBN 9780385744515
Children / Tweener / Fantasy / Ages 8 - 12 Year

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Author Henrik Tamm brings readers a fantasy story full of action, adventure and unique characters. , Young readers are treated to a storyline packed with Steampunk atmosphere and gadgets, as well as memorable characters like Rabbit, the tall blue bad guy with crimson eyes, and Alfred the toymaker with his magical toys. Young readers can also see key parts of the storyline in rich, colorful illustrations. The main character is Timmy, an orphan cat. Timmy and his gang (Simon the mink, pigs Casper and Jasper, & Flora the feline flyer) are determined to save their small town from Rabbit and his gang (Dobie & the wild boars and Gack & the Iguanas) who are kidnapping children and stealing their laughter. Young readers will be clamoring for more when it's all over. Luckily for them, Tamm leaves us with a hint about Timmy's next adventure.

I have to say Kudos to the author for originality in his storyline, and his artwork moves well beyond classic children illustrations. As a series, Ninja Timmy has plenty of room to grow; all the characters have a story to tell and there are so many steampunk ideas to follow up on, especially when it comes to toys.

Author/ Illustrator Henrik Tamm is a best known for his illustrations on movies such as Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Halls, Sinbad, Narnia, Narnia 2, Kung Fu Panda and more. Ninja Timmy is his first children's fantasy adventure in book form. It looks like he's found his niche.

Reviewed 2016