A holiday gift that helps kids understand tough topics through a cute, creative story

Jesus Figueroa

“Ninja Cat: Whiskers of Choice” from Justin Donner is a highly entertaining children's book that tackles difficult topics through a thoughtful tale filled with humor, kid-friendly dialogue and mayhem-making scenarios that keeps kids engaged.

Aimed at children ages 8 to12 and their parents, Ninja Cat makes complex subjects like bullying, stress management, financial responsibilities, leadership, emotional regulation, group dynamics and urban/rural differences, easily digestible thanks to wit and attention-grabbing cartoons―intentionally left in black and white for children to color―all edited and approved by Donner's 10-year-old son. 

The story tells of a mischievous cat named Lando who lives alone in the big city and hangs out with friendly humans as well as the City Crew―his diverse team of animal friends. 

The Crew gets into a heap of trouble after borrowing money from the notorious Loan Shark to buy a big TV, gaming console, video games and, of course, a mountain of snacks they immediately devoured―but now it's time to pay him back.

With no money, and the interest mounting, they have no clue how they're going to do it…

Lando, hoping to help his friends out, seeks advice from a wise old feline named Old School and discovers the ninja values of the parents he never knew.

Lando secretly teams up with Police Chief Toad and the Pond Patrol to form a Ninja Pond Squad to foil Loan Shark and his criminal enterprise.

Using his parent's peaceful yet purposeful ninja ways, Lando helps the Crew battle through their prevailing emotions of anger, fear, anxiety and sadness to make tough choices about right and wrong.

Throughout Ninja Cat, Lando learns valuable lessons on life and that you shouldn't judge another animal until you've walked a mile in his or her paws.

Author Justin Donner is a fully licensed financial agent (broker/dealer and investment advisor), criminologist, parent and author of the recovery memoir ”I Just Woke Up Dead.” He struggled with bipolar disorder and substance abuse before finding sobriety in 2012. He has a Master's Degree in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine, and a BS in Political Science and Psychology from North Dakota State University. He previously worked as a criminologist/statistician for the Fargo Police Department before relocating to Minnetonka where he joined a Fortune 250 investment firm. Donner's unique experiences (from both sides of the socioeconomic and geographic divide) allow depth in storytelling with an ease uncommon for authors of children's books. 

To learn more, please visit ninjacatbook.comor follow Donner on twitter at NinjaCatBook or on Instagram at @ninjacatbook.

Ninja Cat: Whiskers of Choice
Publisher: Scoop n Juice Publications
Released: September 2019
ISBN-13 # 9781086277302
ASIN # 1086277309
Available from Amazon.com

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