Cover image for How to catch an elf / Adam Wallace ; [pictures by] Andy Elkerton.
How to catch an elf / Adam Wallace ; [pictures by] Andy Elkerton.
Publication Information:
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm
A rhyming tale of an elf who must avoid being caught in traps while assisting Santa on Christmas Eve.
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A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller!

"With delightful rhymes, How to Catch an Elf slots itself into place along such classics as "The Night Before Christmas."-- Foreword Reviews

You've been waiting all year long, and now it's finally Christmas Eve! Is this the year you'll finally catch an elf? Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious children's book from the creators of the New York Times best-seller How to Catch a Leprechaun !

"It's Christmas Eve! Hip hip, hooray!
Yes, Santa's coming 'round.
He's bringing toys to girls and boys
in every house in town."

"Some kids have tried to catch him,
but Santa's fast, you see!
So they've set their eyes on a smaller prize,
and now they're after me!"

Author Notes

Adam Wallace is a writer and author of over 30 books including Pete McGee series and How to Draw books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The team behind How to Catch a Leprechaun follows the efforts of several children-clearly ones who are destined for Santa's naughty list-to capture one of Santa's elves. Mischievous readers will likely enjoy watching the tiny elf attempt to escape traps that include a tinsel net, a family cat, and (somewhat disturbingly) sticks of dynamite nestled in a pile of chocolates, as well as a cowboy tree ornament wielding an electric brand. Why all the threats of violence against someone who's part of Santa's gift-delivery operation? It's never really clear, and before long Santa and the elf are narrowly escaping hams and cookies fired at them through a "Dinner Cannon," coasting down a river of eggnog, and soaring across the sky on a pizza. Wallace's rhymes and Elkerton's in-your-face images hit their comedic marks, but the overall story is chaotic and confusing. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.