North Pole Ninjas - Mission: Christmas! Review (Grosset & Dunlap)

North Pole Ninjas - Mission: Christmas!
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What It Is

North Pole Ninjas, Mission: Christmas! published by Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Random House is a holiday-themed set that includes a picture book, stuffed toy, and Secret Missions. More than just your average book with plush set, North Pole Ninjas is a concept designed to get kids in the Christmas spirit by performing acts of kindness. The book written by Tyler Knott Gregson and Sarah Linden features rhyming text and colorful illustrations as it tells the story of some of Santa's elves, who are actually little ninjas. They are working undercover to help Santa spread holiday cheer, and make the world a better place by doing good deeds. These North Pole Ninjas are led by Santa's own sensei, the teacher of the secrets. As the story continues, we learn that the ninjas need help, so the readers are tasked with being North Pole Ninjas, themselves. The book suggests good deeds including donating food, toys, clothing, and shoveling snow. In addition to the book, a secret envelope filled with 50 Missions is also included, for readers to perform under the watchful eye of the Sensei, who comes in the form of a six-inch stuffed doll. The tasks include baking cookies with your parents and delivering to someone who needs a treat, drawing a holiday picture for a relative, sitting and chatting with a new friend, and more. 


Is It Fun?

North Pole Ninjas, Mission: Christmas! is a concept of giving rather than an ordinary picture book and plush set. With its holiday theme, it offers a fun way to get kids into the holiday spirit. Unlike the Elf on the Shelf that is mischievous in nature, North Pole Ninjas has a positive, altruistic one. It offers suggestions and secret missions with fun ways for kids to give back to the community, and their families. And in our opinion, you can never encourage too much kindness! The book is a fairly easy read for parents that will hold their children's attention with rhyming text and colorful illustrations. With 50 secret missions, there are plenty of options, and enough to stay busy.  The missions are easy enough for a child to complete though some require an adult's help.

Who It’s For

While there's no set recommended age for North Pole Ninjas, we think it's best suited for kids around 4-8 years old. It's a fun way to encourage kids to bring more kindness into the world. Since it does focus on Santa, and helping Santa, it is best for a child who celebrates Christmas.

What To Be Aware Of

North Pole Ninjas, Mission: Christmas! includes a picture book, stuffed toy, and 50 Secret Missions. The six-inch stuffed doll is inspired by Santa's own sensei featured in the story. The secret missions include tasks such as baking cookies with your parents and delivering to someone who needs a treat, drawing a holiday picture for a relative, or sitting and chatting with a new friend.


AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy