About the Totally Ninja Raccoons and Kevin Too!

Kasey Cox
Bookmatchmaker. Lover of cats, old quilts, ugly sweaters. Proud wife, sister & auntie, daughter.
Arts And Entertainment

Nov 06,2017

We all know that cats want to take over the world. What? You didn’t know that? If you have a furry feline in your life, you know they are planning on world domination…right after their nap. 

Yes, cats are planning world domination. There’s even an international organization known as the Cat Board that is planning right now as you are reading this. Lucky for humans, cats are a little lazy.

That’s where the Totally Ninja Raccoons come in. These little masked bandits decided they aren’t meant to be ordinary, but chose to be something more, ninjas!

The Totally Ninja Raccoons are your basic heroes for hire. They work cheap, sometimes for a little Chinese takeout or a stale doughnut.

It’s your classic trio with a twist. Think the Three Investigators meet the Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles with a little Ghost Busters in the mix.

What started as an idea to score free food soon ends up giving the raccoons a glimpse into another world, a world of shadows, mysteries, and plots.

There are things in heaven and earth than the raccoons ever dreamed. Cats are trying to take over the world. Monsters are real, and Chinese food really will make you hungry soon after you eat it. It’s up to The Totally Ninja Raccoons to stop it.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons Are:

Rascal: He’s the shortest brother and loves doughnuts. He’s great with his paws and makes really cool gadgets. He’s a little goofy and loves both his brothers, even when they pick on him, but maybe not right then.

Bandit: He’s the oldest brother. He’s tall and lean. He’s super smart and loves to read. He leads the Totally Ninja Raccoons, but he couldn’t do it by himself.

Kevin: He may be the middle brother, but he refuses to be stuck in the middle. He has the moves and the street smarts that the Totally Ninja Raccoons are going to need, even if it does sometimes gets them into trouble as well as out of trouble.

*Series: The Totally Ninja Raccoons

*Author: Kevin Coolidge

*Available at Ingram, regular discount, returnable for retailers

* Available wherever books are sold on the Internet, or your bookstore can order them

*Target audience is second through fourth grade(Ages 7 to 9), especially reluctant readers.

*7 books in series so far; 

*All have $5.99 as suggested retail price except most recent, “The Catmas Caper”, which is longer and is a “holiday special edition” at $6.99, and “The Secret of Nessmuk Lake”, and “The Little Green Men” which is $6.99.

*First book is The Totally Ninja Raccoons Meet Bigfoot, although they can actually be read in any order

*Origin story sets up the Totally Ninja Raccoons with their ongoing antagonist, Gypsy the cat, who is in charge of the Cat Board, because cats, of course, want to take over the world but are too lazy to do it

*Each book has the Totally Ninja Raccoons encountering a cryptid, but in a fun, non-threatening (not too scary!) way

*All books take place in Pennsylvania making it a nice local/regional selection and something that people won’t find at every store and Scholastic book fair.

*Recently awarded “Story Monster Approval!” award.

The Totally Ninja Raccoons are only available as a real book. You won’t find it in an electronic version. Why? Studies have shown that students retain more information when reading from paper. 

Reading is more than a chore. It’s an tactile experience. The author, Kevin Coolidge, believes in bookstores staffed by lovers of books. He’d rather have real people suggesting his books to people that are the best match for that book.

He specifically picked the second to fourth grade age, because of his experience working in a bookstore. If a child doesn’t embrace reading during this crucial age, a child can fall behind their peers, and struggle into their teen years and beyond. His goal is to entertain and engage young readers, and the instill the love of reading.

Thank you for your taking the time to read about The Totally Ninja Raccoons. I hope to start a new trend. Together, we can continue to keep bookstores vibrant and beating in the heart of their communities.

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