North Pole, We Have a Problem!


Children - Grade K-3rd
36 Pages
Reviewed on 08/20/2022
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Reviewed by Melinda Facal for Readers' Favorite

North Pole, We Have a Problem! is a children’s book written by Nita Marie Clark with illustrations by Kathy N. Doherty. In this delightful story, readers get a sneak peek at the North Pole and all that goes into making Santa Claus’ magical ride on Christmas Eve successful. The elves are joyously working, while the dedicated reindeer are on standby, ready to fly Santa’s sleigh. Mr. and Mrs. Claus lovingly oversee every detail of the operation. Modernization has come to the North Pole, which makes the work of Santa and the elves much easier and more efficient. When a technical problem arises, Santa and his team are presented with a tremendous challenge. Will they be able to keep the holiday spirit alive and well? This charming story is full of whimsy and good Christmas cheer.

Nita Marie Clark’s North Pole, We Have a Problem! shares a heartwarming holiday tale. Told with humor and a sense of goodwill, this joyful story is sure to keep young readers engaged. The lovable characters, well-known and new, and the cozy holiday atmosphere create an enchanting and uplifting read. Young readers will be rooting for Santa and his crew as they attempt to solve a situation that jeopardizes Santa’s mission. There are many amusing and laugh-out-loud moments throughout this gleeful story as everyone works together to try to save the Yuletide spirit. The thrill and anticipation that many children experience on Christmas Eve are captured in this endearing story. North Pole, We Have a Problem! is a highly recommended and entertaining read.

Jennie More

North Pole, We Have a Problem! by Nita Marie Clark is the story of Santa and his new sleigh, complete with a heating chair, autopilot capability, navigation, and virtual call settings. His new sleigh is not only warm but technologically advanced. Just when Santa starts enjoying the new sleigh gifted to him by Cecil, the Chief Elf Officer, Mrs. Claus, and the other elves, he sees a big storm straight ahead. Unfortunately, his new advanced sleigh won't get him through this storm, and he has to rely on his good old-fashioned senses and light from the moon and the stars. But the challenges don't end there; the bag of gifts for the kind children of Gratitude is not in his sleigh. To succeed, he will require everyone's help to get out of this sticky situation.

North Pole, We Have a Problem! by Nita Marie Clark is an adventurous and magical Christmas story about Santa transforming digitally thanks to his trusty elves who love him dearly. The message that came across vividly is about how it requires a team of everyone doing what they are best at to complete a mission. When Santa faces challenges when delivering gifts, he gets through it with his and his team's experience and his old sleigh. The dedication and hard work of the elves are admirable, while the supportive Mrs. Claus and her determined attitude are inspiring. North Pole, We Have a Problem! is a sweet, delightful, and charming story, and I enjoyed reading it.

Joe Wisinski

North Pole, We Have a Problem! is a children’s book by Nita Marie Clark for those in grades kindergarten through third grade. The story begins with Santa’s sleigh developing a problem. The elves tracking the sleigh received an alert from N.O.R.A.D. Fortunately, the incident turned out to be a false alarm. We learn that Santa is riding a new, hi-tech sleigh that helps makes his annual trip go well. Unfortunately, a real problem arises - Santa is heading for a bad ice storm. Thanks to the work of his elves and Santa himself, he’s able to miss the worst of the storm. But another problem arises - there are no gifts in his sleigh for the last town on his list. A computer glitch caused the problem, but thanks to the cooperation of the townspeople, as well as Father Time, Mother Nature, Mrs. Claus, and Santa’s elves, they get the problem resolved.

North Pole, We Have a Problem! is clever, creative, and interesting. Nita Marie Clark has a wonderful imagination and knows how to keep her readers interested by introducing a problem, solving it, and then introducing another problem. She successfully brings everyone associated with the Santa Claus story into the book and even introduces a mild antagonist to help maintain interest. The conclusion is satisfying and believable and leaves the young reader wanting more. It’s entirely appropriate for the intended age group. The illustrations by Kathy N. Doherty fit the story perfectly and help add interest, especially for younger readers. I recommend this book to children, parents, and grandparents. They’ll all enjoy reading it or having it read to them.