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by Mr Rod P Stoner

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Rod Stoner has produced a local newsletter called the "Ottoville Commotion" that highlighted area sports teams and the players on them, but at the interest of his sons he became involved in the martial arts arena, eventually concentrating his writing with this first children’s book for what is now a series - "Brendon & Carson's Ninja Adventures" – focusing on promoting the martial arts and positive benefits that come from it. He also has a series of children’s book – the "Tori and the Jackstones" series - which promotes the benefits of music to youth. ‘My hopes are to inspire young readers to take up martial arts and to get involved in music programs.’ His books are filled with word searches, mazes and more along the way stimulate parents and children to enjoy together while learning.

In Rod’s fine introduction he state, ‘All journeys have a beginning. This one, just like many others, began with two youths looking to better themselves and their lives. Their journey began on a local Dojo where, unknown to them, a Grandmaster was been waiting many years for the right students to walk through his door and be trained in the secret arts of Ninjutsu ‘– the creed for this martial arts training being loyalty, honor, respect, discipline, integrity and love for all of humankind.

First come interactive games (not just for youngsters!) and once those are mastered adventures begin – stories that while needing little embellishment to be entertaining, become all the more involving by the continuing interaction between the players and the book.

Not only is this a fun involvement but it is also rich in lessons that youngster’s will absorb. This is going to be a very meaningful (as well as instructive an entertaining) series.
 
As a former Taekwon-Do student I found this activity book stimulating and refreshing. Active little boys and girls who dream of becoming a martial artist will enjoy the various crosswords, word-plays, mazes, exercises, games and stories.

"Brendon & Carson's Ninja Training and Adventures" is also an excellent book to take on a flight to keep youngsters busy - I will definitely be packing this one next time I fly with my little warriors.
 
As you read through the ancient scrolls of this book, you begin a journey with Brendon and Carson at a local Dojo. You get instruction and learn secrets of Ninjutsu as taught by the great Grandmaster. Every puzzle solved helps kids learn a bit more about the fundamentals of martial arts. The story encourages the reader to set a goal of achieving Great Warrior by helping B and C defeat a group of fiends called the Bad Boys, Inc. Every step of the way the reader gets a sense of accomplishment and is rewarded with praise before attacking the next level of this journey.
This book is the first in series and is interactive without the use of high tech electronics, but through the creativity of puzzle solving skills and imagination, which supports kids' minds, cognitive development, and fine motor skills, which are necessary for things such as handwriting.
This book aids in children developing a strategy by working through the puzzles, each time working faster and more efficiently. They decide what works and what doesn't. This leads to setting and achieving small goals and ultimately broadening to larger ones.
All this happens, unbeknownst to kids, while they're reading, thinking, and having fun with this book.
 
Brendon and Carson’s Ninja Training and Adventures by Rod P. Stoner is an interactive puzzle book which not only tells the story of Brendon and Carson (B and C) as they begin their training in Ninjutzu, but also integrates word search puzzles, crosswords and a maze which engage the reader in the story as an assistant trainer. Once B and C, with the help of the reader, reach their black belt status, they are surprised by Bad Boys Inc., who have snuck into the Grand Master’s house and stolen his favorite sword. Through more mazes, the reader helps B and C as they set out to recover the Grand Master’s sword and make use of their newly acquired skills.

Rod P. Stoner has integrated puzzles with adventure in Brendon and Carson’s Ninja Training and Adventures. There is not only a decent story which is certain to capture the interest of young readers, but it draws them into some of the skills and disciplinary attributes of martial arts training as well. Through the use of puzzles, a young reader who might not be overly eager to read suddenly finds himself or herself deeply involved in the story and feeling as if they are actually a part of the action. It is a wonderful, innovative idea to mix the puzzles into reading and subtly lead young readers into something deeper. Simple, challenging and full of adventure, Brendon and Carson’s Ninja Training and Adventures is an excellent beginning to an interactive series with plenty of challenges ahead.
 
The author has done something important in this series of books that is often overlooked in martial arts. He has created a template that encourages people to read and exercise their minds, not just their bodies. All too often in martial arts we focus solely on the physical accomplishments but Mr. Stoner has created a series of books that will help kids read. This is a wonderful compliment to training in the dojo.
 
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