App: Fruit Ninja
Description: Fruit Ninja The greatest fruit-slicing game in the world. Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, PS Vita, XBOX
Appeals: Fast action, Humorous game
Readalikes for Preschoolers
Nightime Ninja by Barbara Dacosta
Scholastic summary: Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure. Soon he reaches his ultimate goal…and gets a big surprise! Will the nighttime ninja complete his mission? With spare text and lush illustrations from Caldecott award-winning artist Ed Young this is a fun, adventure-filled story about the power of play and imagination.
Crossover Appeal: With Fruit Ninja you have comedy and action and in Nightime Ninja you have both. With this comedic picture book laughter will be heard!
Ninja! by Aree Chung
Amazon’s Description: A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear―a true ninja can overcome all challenges.
Crossover Appeal: Action is the name of the game in this readalike. Fruit ninja has action and so does NINJA!
Fruit Bowl by Mark Hoffmann
Amazon’s Description: Who belongs in the fruit bowl? Apples, check. Blueberries, check. Tomato, check– Wait, what?! Tomato wants to join the other fruits, but does he belong? The perfect mix of botany and a bunch of bananas!
Crossover Appeal: While we watch the fruit fly in Fruit ninja. We see all the fruit wanting to be part of the fruit bowl even tomatoes! Great humor and a little bananas.
That Fruit is mine! by Anuska Allepuz
Amazon ‘s Description: When five fruit-loving elephants spot a scrumptious hard-to-reach fruit high up in a tree, it’s a race to see who can claim it first! But after one too many fumbles, the elephants begin to lose their cool, and the highly coveted fruit is whisked away by the teeny-tiniest of all jungle creatures—mice! The elephants soon realize they have a lot to learn from this cooperative little bunch.
Crossover Appeal: Fruit can bring out the best in friendships. Engaging the reader with animals and fruits will keep the attention of your fruit ninja!
Wink: The ninja who wanted to be noticed. by J.C.Phillipps
Amazon ‘s Description: The happiest day of Wink’s life was when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. He is sure that he will be a great ninja. Silence is the first lesson and everyone is very, very silent . . . except for Wink. Stealth is the second lesson and everyone is very, very stealthy . . . except for Wink. Finally, Wink decides that he will be silent and stealthy. But no one notices! What’s the point of being a great ninja if no one notices? Maybe Wink wasn’t meant to be a ninja? This daring debut is an adventure-lover’s dream.
Crossover Appeal: How do Ninja be stealth is what your little one will learn when it comes to this fun book by Phillipps. An adventure waiting to happen as our ninja tries to be silent.