Milo Does Not Like Mornings: A Tiny Ninja Book by Sasha Graham (picture book review)

Milo is not a morning person in the first Tiny Ninja book by Sasha Graham with illustrations by Angelina Valieva, Milo Does Not Like Mornings.

Milo has a great imagination and an even greater affection for his cozy, comfy bed. But there’s someone only he can see and hear, his tiny ninja, who will gently help him learn to be more reliable and considerate.

I enjoyed how relatable and entertaining Milo’s story is along with the fun conversations it – and the colorful, cute illustrations – sparked when read aloud. I also enjoyed the ending conversation, repeated in each Tiny Ninja book, that lets us know that their tiny ninjas will be with them always. 

With several bright and busy two page spreads to play “find the ninja,” this picture book’s illustrations are exuberant and adorable, enhancing this entertaining story. And whether you call it your conscience or a “still, small voice” the lesson of listening to our own little ninjas adds depth to a fun, shareable picture book that was a joy to read aloud with my great nieces and nephews!

Recommended for children (created for ages 4-8) and other people of various heights who enjoy an entertaining story with positive themes and games of seek and find. From the engaging and meaningful story to the adorable illustrations, the Tiny Ninja books by Sasha Graham are a joy to read and to share with children, and I anticipate sharing them many times more.

This review refers to finished copies I voluntarily received and read, courtesy of Smith Publicity. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

Milo Does Not Like Mornings by Sasha Graham (Tiny Ninja Books 2) | Gatekeeper Press, August 2021 | hardback, 44 pages

About Milo Does Not Like Mornings:

For every parent who has ever struggled to get a kid out of bed in the morning, and for every kid who has ever struggled to stay there!

Milo is a boy who loves to run, and jump, and climb, and laugh, and swing.But NOT in the morning.

In the morning, Milo doesn’t like to move a muscle.

When Milo’s mom tells him that she has an important meeting in the morning, Milo PROMISES her that she can count on him. But when the sun comes up, will Milo listen to his Tiny Ninja or will he stay fast asleep?


Sasha Graham is the founder of Tiny Ninja Books and is the author of Milo Does Not Like Mornings, A Milo no le gustan las mañanas, and Whitney Wins Everything. Sasha is a former executive at the Walt Disney Studios and her writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers and on television. Sasha lives with her husband Alan in beautiful Arizona where they encourage each other, and their children, Finn, Indy & Odessa, to always listen to their Tiny Ninjas. 


Illustrator Angelina Valieva was born into the family of artist Vladimir Valiev in Uzbekistan, and it was thanks to her father that she chose this fascinating profession. From a young age, her father directed her hand and taught her to draw. In 2005, she graduated from Republic Art College, where she studied graphic design. In addition to illustrating numerous children’s books that have been published worldwide, Angelina has participated in various international art competitions and has won many awards.