Children’s Books Christmas Countdown: There’s an Elf in Your Book

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There’s an Elf in Your Book

Written by Tom Fletcher, Illustrated by Greg Abbott
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2019

There’s an elf in your book! And he’s here to give you a test to see if you make the Nice List this year. But he’s a little mischievous and makes multiple attempts to trick you into doing or saying something naughty.

This holiday installment of the participatory series garnered giggles. However, the interactive tasks are primarily verbal for this version. It lacks the more kinetic elements encouraged in some of the other books, which is disappointing for wiggly readers familiar with the other books in the series. 

Additionally, be warned that the elf is less wholesome than parents might like. There is some potty humor in the book: burping, use of the word “butt,” and a joke about toilet activities. If your kid is prone to repeating, you may want to steer clear. That being said, my kids weren’t tricked by the elf and earned their Oficial Nice List Certificate.


The Who’s In Your Book? series by this author and illustrator duo also includes There’s a Monster in Your Book, There’s a Dragon in Your Book (our favorite), There’s an Alien in Your Book, There’s a Superhero in Your Book, and There’s a Witch in Your Book.

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