Author: Neal Shusterman
Illustrator: Joe Boddy
Publisher: Lowell House Juvenile
"Marshall McGumbo, until he turned nine,
Would play Piggyback Ninja on his father's spine.
With his hair-pulling power, and drop-kick finesse,
He would pulverize Pop's pooped-out spine, more or less.
And so from his path Dad was quick to depart.
For fear of fast Marshall and his martial art.'"
Why I liked it: Of course being a martial artist myself, the title of Mr. Shusterman's book captured my attention from the beginning. But it was the whimsical illustrations and rhyming text that kept me turning the pages to find out if poor Marshall would ever get untied and learn to be kind to others.