Tabitha Fink

Tabitha Fink

Ninja at Night

Children - Picture Book
68 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2017
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Author Biography

Rick Felty is an Emmy Award-winning TV producer who has spent his career creating television programs, short-form web videos, commercials and promos. He is also a photographer, musician and private pilot and lives in New England with his wonderful family, a dog, a bunch of fish, and one cat named Tabitha Fink. Last year, Rick published the second Tabitha Fink book, an out-of-this-world space adventure called "Tabitha Fink On a Mission to Mars" and just published the latest adventure, "Tabitha Fink Ninja at Night." All three Tabitha Fink books are available in paperback and Kindle formats. For more information visit tabithafink.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Tabitha Fink: Ninja at Night by Rick Felty is the story of Tabitha Fink, a cat who has only one eye. She likes to try out things that no other cat does. She is happy to be different and she lives with Bartholomew Blink, who is a mouse. They sleep every day on carpets and stairs, and play hide and seek around the tables and chairs. They have fun during the daytime, but when it becomes night, things are unpleasant for Bartholomew Blink. He gets scared of the dark and feels there is a scary monster in his closet, and an old witch with a scary old broom underneath the bed. There are a lot of other things too that scare Bartholomew Blink at night, and Tabitha Fink tells him what to do to deal with the fear of darkness.

The concept of the story is good. It tells readers to make friends with their monsters before turning off the light. Both characters, Tabitha Fink, the cat, and Bartholomew Blink, the mouse, are adorable and they also show how friends can support each other during difficult times. The illustrations are bright and charming, and they breathe life into the story and bring the scenes and characters alive. It is a good bedtime storybook and the concept makes it an excellent choice for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The story has good messages of friendship and overcoming the fear of darkness, which makes it an ideal storybook for children.

Vincent F. A. Golphin

One of my big regrets about Rick Felty’s books is that it took me so long to discover the three-book, early reader series on the one-eyed, brown cat Tabitha Fink. He has published one a year since 2015. I caught up, though, and the most recent work, Tabitha Fink: Ninja at Night, proves that a story told well in rhyme can bring a smile and even anticipation to adults. The unique character modeled after his family pet is pushed into the eerie situations that seemed a big deal when I was a kid. For example, to face fear of the dark. Tabitha’s mouse playmate Bartholomew Blink sees a slew of night terrors – a big furry monster, an evil witch, a dragon, some blue bears, and a smelly troll – in the lack of light, and Felty’s cyclops hero confronts her friend’s fright as a ninja with a flashlight.

Felty, who is an Emmy-winning television producer, writes prose so lyrical that the smooth word play, reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss or Shel Silverstein, pulls a reader into the tale. The Ninja at Night conflict appears so trivial, but what Tabitha struggle tugs at the memory. Before I was aware, I flipped page after page to see what happens, and found myself satisfied in the charming conclusion of the darkness dilemma, disappointed only that for more adventures of the clever cat, I might have to wait another year. As the story ends with Tabitha’s standard, “Bye,” I consoled myself with the hope for more.

The Allain Family

Tabitha's latest adventure as a Night Ninja has been demanded every night since it entered our home. Our daughter laughs every time I read about the stinky soak eating troll. She completely connects with the mouse's fear of the dark and has had no fear of the dark since we started reading it every night. All the Tabitha Fink books should be a staple in a family's library.