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Ninja Claus!

(Ninja! #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  51 reviews
After missing Santa in previous years, Maxwell is determined to catch Santa this year. He puts his skills to the test in the pursuit of one goal—to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus. But WAIT! Does Santa have some super-special ninja tricks of his own? Will Maxwell catch Santa, or will he come up empty handed?

Find out who is the ultimate ninja in the third installment of the
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Henry Holt and Company
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Jon Nakapalau
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SANTA HAS NINJA SKILLS! I knew it! Really fun book!
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Previous 'Ninja!' Books
Young would-be ninja Maxwell, whose story began in Ninja! , and continued in Ninja! Attack of the Clan , returns in this third picture-book chronicling his adventures, this time determined to use his ninja skills to catch Santa Claus in the act. His carefully laid plan doesn't quite work out however, as he ends up capturing his dog Brutus and his cookie-thieving father instead of the Christmas gift-giver. It turns out that Santa may be the sneakiest ninja of all...

Like its predecessors, Ni
Chance Lee
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
A book to continue tricking children into believing in Santa Claus even after they see dad eating all Santa's cookies. ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun festive addition to the series. This time, Maxwell has his sights on capturing Santa who proves to have special ninja skills of his own!
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The young boy sets his ninja traps to catch Santa when he makes his annual visit. He captures the dog and his dad instead. His mom sends everyone to bed so Santa can come. Clever glimpse of Santa hiding in the other room while this is happening.
Santa leaves presents and answers his letter. The boy is thrilled and already plotting for next year when the book ends.
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maxwell the ninja decides this is the year he's going to catch Santa Claus. He leaves a note, cookies and a trap to catch Santa. Except his plan is ruined when Brutus the dog and then his father (!) get caught in the trap instead. After everyone settles down and goes back to bed, Santa shows up with his best ninja moves, leaving Maxwell a pair of ninja boots instead of the requested rat eating snake.

A very charming Christmas story that fans of Maxwell are sure to enjoy. I think I might like thi
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Chung, Arree Ninja Claus! PICTURE BOOK. Henry Holt (Macmillan), 2017. $18.

Maxwell is out to capture Santa with his ninja traps. But the Santa man is oh so clever. He avoids the traps and leaves something extra special for Maxwell – who hasn’t really given up on catching him!

I admit it – I postponed reading this until well after Christmas and I regret it. It is super cute and fun to read. I am a fan of Maxwell. While I don’t condone setting traps for Santa, the spirit of the book of playful and k
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A fun festive Christmas book. I really liked the letters which are included - Miss 4 loves it when books do that and it's nice for print recognition / pre-reading skills showing the words both in the text and in the letters. Although he catches Dad eating Christmas cookies - not to worry Santa evades the traps to visit as well.

Miss 4 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; i
Tara McKenzie
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Maxwell the ninja decides this is the year he's going to catch Santa Claus. He does everything he can think of.. leaves a note, cookies and a trap to catch Santa. Once everyone settles down and goes to bed, Santa shows up with his best ninja moves, leaving Maxwell a pair of ninja boots.

this book is super cute and keeps children engaged

this book would be great in any elementary class. especially during Christmas time.
Just about every kid will be able to relate to trying to catch Santa in the act. Maxwell is determined to see Santa Claus this year, and he’s set an elaborate trap to do it. Young readers will love the lengths Maxwell goes to in order to catch a glimpse. With humorous text and awesome illustrations that incorporate found paper into the scene, this will be lots of fun to share with kids in the days leading up to Christmas.
Ashley Adkins
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
My little ones, ages 10 and 11, thought this was a fun book considering mom "only likes to read baby books". :) With that my boys are on the verge of no longer believing in Santa and there was one part in this book that made me look up at my husband with a feeling of panic. However, a page later the story put my worries to ease as my boys read on and caught some fun little tricks in the illustrations. Fun read for the little ones during the holiday season! ...more
Hilarious adventure about young ninja Maxwell trying capture Santa Claus (who is more than a bit of a ninja himself!) on Christmas Eve. Love the scene with Santa's butt poking out from behind the chair, the hamster looking at Cass's present at the end, and I especially love the author's photo and note inside the back flap and how it links back to his dedication at the beginning. Brilliant! ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
All he wants is a glimpse of Santa and he builds a trap to do it. Unfortunately, he doesn't trap Santa, he traps someone else because Ninja Claus is sneaky, he is clever and quick, and he smart and kind. It's a fun and quick children's book that will have little ones smiling over. ...more
Lynn  Davidson
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A young boy who is always doing ninja things wants to catch Santa who didn't bring him what he wanted the Christmas before. He set his ninja traps and caught ... not quite Santa.
Funny. Great illustrations.
Teresa Edmunds
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Chung's Ninja series continues with this delightful Christmas story. Little Ninja has a plan to catch Santa. Though the plan is clever, Santa uses his master ninja skills to slip away. But before leaving, Santa leaves the perfect Ninja gift behind. This is sure to become a Christmas favorite. ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story that brought me back to my childhood. No matter how hard my brother and I tried to stay awake to "catch" Santa, we always woke up in our own beds in the morning. And none of our "tricks" worked either when we started to question who Santa really was. ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: yarc2019
Maxwell sets a trap for Santa and catches his dog and his dad instead. Santa, though, gets around the traps.

Santa further encourages Maxwell in his ninja-ness, and Maxwell prepares to try to catch Santa again the next year.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maxwell has decided to Ninja trap Santa! Good thing Santa is a Ninja too, with Ninja shoes made by the elves.

What a great thought, that Santa is a Ninja and therefore able to evade capture because of his Ninja skills.
Patricia Gmitrovic
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
Is DAD busted??? Find out if the Ninja catches Claus
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a fun one to read. Kids liked the included letters and they kept an eye out for Ted the hamster in the illustrations. It was cute.
Kathy Broadnax
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super cute
Donna Mork
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kid tries to catch santa, but catches Dad instead. After they go to bed, Santa style, avoiding all the traps and leaves a note and the presents.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christmas
Very cute for a "Kid trying to catch Santa" book. I appreciated that the kid only expected one thing as a gift, and was grateful and enthusiastic even when he didn't get what he asked for. ...more
The Hills
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cool book

Not a ninja fan myself, but this book was amazing! Great for kids who like/love ninjas. I recommend this book for anyone.
Rebecca Gomez
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is lots of fun.
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute. He wants to catch Santa and Dad gets caught in the trap. As they all go to bed, Ninja Santa arrives and leaves some gifts as well as a cute note.
Perfect for sharing with some youngsters in those long days before Christmas, this picture book features humorous illustrations, created with acrylic paint, found paper, and Adobe Photoshop. In the book's pages, Maxwell is determined how to miss Santa's visit this year. He writes the jolly old elf a letter and sets several traps for him, but his plans go awry when he catches first his dog Brutus and then in a different location, his father, having devoured all the cookies he left for Santa. As i ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A very cute story about a little "ninja" boy trying to catch Santa Claus. It was a sweet story and I appreciated how grateful the little boy was for the gift he got even though it wasn't exactly what he asked for. Kids who love ninjas will love this story! ...more
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
I’m not into ninja’s too much but this book is just about the total package. A fun story, great illustrations, check out the end papers and the actual book cover minus the jacket.
Bethany Owens
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This would be a super fun book to read at Christmas time!
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Arree Chung makes picture books but he didn’t always do so. Once he made spreadsheets all day long and he decided that he wanted to make pictures instead. Arree learned how to draw, paint and think a little bit differently at Art Center College of Design.

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