When a fairy tale Mouse King steals the Nutcracker they were given for Christmas, Linny, Tuck and Ming-Ming jump into a picture book to retrieve it.
The trio's irreverent attitude makes for a very spirited Christmas in this double-length holiday episode of the popular TV show. Preschoolers, convinced that more is better, will be hooked from the minute the Wonder Pets sing, "The tree is so small--but it's got a nice little ball. But beneath it there's one present--and that's all." They'll find the whole situation as dramatic as Ming-Ming, who bursts into song with her signature, "This is sewious!" and they'll hold their breaths to see if the Wonder Pets can really heed the note that tells them, "Do not crack open the nut until Christmas morning." Preschoolers, who have trouble waiting themselves, just may have to fast forward through the story to see what happens!
Even if they don't grasp some of the lessons, babies will find the Tchaikovsky soundtrack soothing and the Wonder Pets appealing. They'll laugh when the fairies give the Wonder Pets ballet slippers--because in the Mouse Kingdom, everyone dances ballet!--and the trio tiptoes through the Mouse King's paw prints.
Preschoolers will be awestruck by the Mouse Kingdom, which is filled with all kinds of delicious goodies, and they'll crack up when the Wonder Pets yell, "Whipped cream--yum!" and Ming-Ming continues, "I got some on my bum!" They'll love the trio's humor, but will hopefully learn their lessons as well, especially when Tuck tells the others, "Be happy with what you have/You have a cage that's warm and cozy/Not everyone has one of thosy."
Most older children have outgrown the Wonder Pets, but holiday stories seem to reach across the age groups and this one is no exception. Besides getting to hear the music from The Nutcracker, kids will appreciate Linny, Tuck, and Ming-Ming reminding the Mouse King to be happy with what he has, and that "You've got more than enough/You don't need our stuff."