Samurai Santa

Samurai Santa

A Very Ninja Christmas

Book - 2015
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Yukio wants to have a snowball fight but all the other ninjas want to stay good for Santa. So Yukio decides to sabotage Santa.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781481430579
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : ill. ; 24 x 29 cm

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skyekilaen
Nov 23, 2016

Perhaps it's because I grew up in central Texas that I don't understand why snowball fights are naughty. Do they always get out of hand?

This book is full of funny little details, like the snowman whose carrot nose goes all the way through his head, sticking out the back like a hat (with leaves for decoration). After the epic battle, one of the ninjas is carried home on a stretcher because she or he is immobilized in a giant snowball. I really enjoyed how Pingk doesn't just rely on "hey, look, ninjas" but instead created a complete, interesting story. The bitty ninjas are cute, too!

FindingJane Jan 07, 2016

The wackiness of this decidedly oddball Christmas tale starts with the endpapers. Santa is surrounded by the heads of snowmen and ninja, all looking alike. But upon closer inspection we see that there are subtle variations among all the figures, so that no two are exactly the same. It’s a sort of “Where’s Waldo?” for the Christmas set.

The simple pictures are a little reminiscent of Dr. Seuss and Tim Burton, what with the twisted trees, tiny limbs on the characters and aggressive, fighting snowmen. But it’s the story that makes you smile as all the ninjas rally forth to find the mysterious intruder who has interrupted their Christmas Eve bedtime.

The story is unique, quite different from the usual holiday fare (do I see an animated Christmas special on the way?), as it features a chubby elf with some surprise moves of his own. It’s a fun story with a moral and a punchline. Santa does indeed come to all little boys and girls, whether near or far.

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