Gregson, Tyler Knott and Sarah Linden. North Pole Ninjas: Mission: Christmas. Illustrated by Piper Thibodeau. New York: Penguin Workshop, 2016.
If you are looking for a book to inspire good deeds this holiday season, North Pole Ninjas Mission: Christmas may just be the book for you. Tyler Gregson and Sarah Linden have developed a cute story based on Santa and his elves. The North Pole Ninjas are secret elves who spend their Christmas giving. They use their Christmas spirit to care for the needs of others. I love the concept behind the book and think it could be used to spur children to think about giving rather than getting this holiday season.
Piper Thibodeau chose bold colors for her illustrations in North Pole Ninjas. They have a Christmas feel to them. Her background with Dreamworks Studios has influenced her style of art. I think kids will enjoy looking at the pictures as well as hearing the story.
The book includes 30 cards of ideas for things children can do for others during the holiday season. Here are a few:
No. 3 “Bake a batch of delicious cookies with your parents and hand deliver them to someone who needs a treat.” I love this recipe as it is gluten-free and free from several allergens so is friendly for many with food allergies.
No. 6 “Make a super top secret holiday ornament for a neighbor and leave them on their porch or doorstep.” Instructions for these easy snowmen can be found here.
No. 25 “Make a friendship bracelet for a friend. Make yourself one to match.” Instructions for the bracelets shown above can be found here.
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I want to thank Penguin Workshop and Penguin Publishers for the review copy of this book. I was not required to give a positive review. I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in this holiday blog tour.