One piece of information coming out of BookExpo America that I thought would be interesting for public and school librarians is the announcement that Viz is going to produce Naruto chapter books. They could be just the thing for ninja-crazed reluctant readers.
Here’s the description for the books coming out in October:
#1: NARUTO: THE BOY NINJA â€¢ Recommended for Ages 7 – 10 â€¢ SRP: $4.99 US/$5.99 CAN â€¢ Available October 7, 2008
Narutoâ€™s training to be a ninja, but heâ€™s having trouble keeping his jokester ways under control. Heâ€™s causing all kinds of trouble at the Ninja Academy and his teachers think heâ€™s annoying. Naruto himself thinks heâ€™s going to be the best ninja that ever lived, but first heâ€™ll have to prove to everyone that heâ€™s more than just the class clown!
#2: NARUTO: THE TESTS OF A NINJAâ€¢ Recommended for Ages 7 – 10 â€¢
SRP: $4.99 US/$5.99 CAN â€¢ Available October 7, 2008
After graduating from Ninja Academy, Naruto makes new friends including the pretty and smart Sakura and the moody and popular Sasuke. He also meets his new sensei named Kakashi. But Narutoâ€™s jokester ways wonâ€™t help him to keep up with his talented new pals. If he wants to be the best ninja ever, heâ€™s going to have to work for it!