How To Catch an Elf {25 Books of Christmas Day 17}

How To Catch an Elf by Adam Wallace 
Illustrated by:  Andy Elkerton
Published by:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, October 4, 2016
Genre:  Children’s Picture Books, Christmas
Pages: 32
Price: $10.99
Source:  borrowed from the library

From Sourcebooks Jabberwocky:

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!”

Review:  It’s Christmas eve and the elf has teamed up with Santa to avoid the kids’ traps.  The title is a bit misleading as there is no explanation of how to catch an elf.  It’s really how the elf avoids being caught.  The book is very colorful and children will enjoy seeing the different traps that “naughty” children have set.  The story is told in rhyme, with several rhymes being quite a bit of a stretch.  While this book has a cute overall concept, it wasn’t executed well.    I have not checked out Wallace’s other books in the series, How to Catch a Leprechaun and How to Catch the Toothfairy.

Overall Rating:  Optional Read