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Elf on the Shelf (The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition, Volume 1)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  605 ratings  ·  109 reviews
How does Santa really know who is naughty or nice? The answer is finally revealed in...The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas Tradition.TM

The Elf on the Shelf A Christmas TraditionTM is an activity the entire family will enjoy. Based on the tradition Carol Aebersold began with her family in the 1970s, this cleverly rhymed childrens book explains that Santa knows who is naughty a
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Hardcover, 26 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by CCA and B, LLC (first published 2007)
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Jordan
Nov 02, 2013 Jordan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Book-burners
Two things:

1. The Elf follows you everywhere. Everywhere. The little darling reports on your every move to the Big Red Guy, akin to McCarthy-era witch hunts or modern-day N.S.A. tactics. I can't think of a faster way to give your child a complex than to break this stinker out year after year.

2. I cannot support the idea of extrinsic motivations for moral development. If children are being decent, kind, generous citizens just because a tiny humanoid is watching their every move, then they're not
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Delicious Strawberry
I heard of this last year via a relative who was talking about how her co-worker had bought this for their household. She explained the basic gist of the elf on the shelf, and I found it creepy.

I decided to investigate further, since the relative did not mention there was a book to go along with it. After seeing what the book is about and the 'rules' regarding the elf and how you are supposed to use it, I am creeped out even more. We teach our kids that lying is bad, and it's bad enough to lie t
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Sheri Radford
Am I the only one who thought that this book was poorly written and that the central concept was kind of creepy? Shouldn't kids be taught to do good for the sake of doing good, not because a creepy elf is spying on them and reporting back to Santa all the time? Also, the rhyming was forced and awful.
Michelle
Just spent way too much money on this little elf for my daughter. Tried to get her the plush one that comes without the book, but was informed that since kids are touching the elf on the box, that it simply will not work, if you touch the elf she loses her magic. Sooooo, I had to spend double on the cheaper made elf that comes with a book. Reguardless of how upset I am at the price of this cheap toy & book.... It has absolutely made my daughter's Christmas! Not having one was going to ruin h ...more
Lucila Perez
I believe that Elf on the Shelf is a book that the whole family will enjoy and specially little kids. Each set comes with a book and a cute little Elf. Each Elf will gain his magic once she has been given a name. The names are as individual as the kids that the elves belong too and naming them is half the fun.Each night the elves travel home to the North Pole so they can report in to Santa. Will their child be on the naughty or nice list? With the help of their magic, they return each morning an ...more
Lionel
Finally! 1 night left. Running out of places to hide this Elf :)
Habrewer
Elf on the Shelf by Carol Aebersold
*This book is part of my personal library*

Elf on the Shelf is a book the whole family will enjoy. Each set comes with a book and a cute little Elf. Each Elf will gain his magic once he/she has been given a name. The names are as individual as the kids that the elves belong too and naming them is half the fun.

Each night the elves travel home to the North Pole so they can report in to Santa. Will their child be on the naughty or nice list? With the help of their
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Emily Madill
This Amazing book is a must buy for your family this holiday season. We received the book set (comes complete with an adorable elf) last year. The whole premise is that Santa sends each family around the world a special elf that helps him with the large task of keeping track of who has been naughty and nice. The family elf then flies to the North Pole to report back to Santa each and every night about what he saw and heard during the day. When you first open the book set, you get to to name the ...more
Jeremy
Hey, parents! If your discipline methods are as abominable as a certain snowman, maybe you can make up a story involving bribery to get your kids to behave.

Kate doesn't believe in any of this silliness, but we do enjoy moving "Noel" around each night.
Jill
I heard a lot of my friends talking about this book and was interested. It seemed a bit high in price to me, but we used a coupon and a gift card which made it seem more reasonable. My children loved the story and got so into it. We purchased it yesterday and this morning they were so excited to come downstairs to find Elfie (our current name, we haven't decided for sure so I am waiting to record it in the book). It helped a bit with some behavior and fighting issues. Although the illustrations ...more
Amy Carr
Every year on December 1st our family opens a new Christmas book to add to our collection. This year it was Elf on the Shelf...and it was received with very mixed reactions. One child thought the elf was extremely creepy and didn't want it sitting around the house, another child spent the evening examining the little elf doll and wondering how it could fly and what would happen if it got wet and what if a bird ate it, and the last child was indifferent about the whole thing. The actual writing i ...more
Marla
You know, the book itself didn't really knock my socks off (to me it reads more like the rules to a game written in a fun way), but it's such a great, fun idea that I had to give it 5 stars. Happy (our elf) came to our home from Grandma only 3 days before Christmas and the kiddos had so much fun each morning trying to find where he'd decided to land when he had returned through the night. It will be even more fun next year when he can return the morning after Thanksgiving! Tried to use the websi ...more
Bonnie Cook
adorable story - could have been a little better though.
Sofia Davis
The Elf On A Shelf is about a little elves that come down from the North Pole and hide in peoples houses to scout the activities going on in the house. Each day the elf moves to a new spot where the family has to look for him. When they find him you tell the elf what you are hoping to get for Christmas and each night the elf flies back to the North Pole to tell Santa what people are hoping to get along with good and bad behavior. By the end of the book, December 25th, the elf leaves the family a ...more
Jessica
My boyfriend got this book for us. I had never seen it before. I'd seen one of the little toys, but only in an episode of The League and didn't know this was an actual thing or that there was a book that went with the toy. I may be a sentimental fool, but we read the book and I cried. And for the next several days our elf mysteriously moved around our apartment.
Kaylin
I found this book creepy. A elf who stalks you where ever you go does sound creepy.. Doesn't it? That is not a way to teach a way for your kids to behave themselves. I didn't really like this book but if your in the fantasy genre maybe you might like this book. I gave this book 1/5 stars because I thought it was lame and creepy.
Jenny
Elf on the shelf is a christmas tradition. Each book comes with your very own Elf on the shelf. The idea is that once your read the book and name your elf the magic begins. Every night your elf travels to the North Pole and informs Santa if the child has been naughty or nice. He doesn't always come back to the same spot you left him. Your Elf may even get up to a little mischief.

We named our Elf Pippin after Peregrine Took in Lord Of The Rings. Pippin has so far been found in the dollhouse bath
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Carol
I really wanted to like this book, however I found the humor somewhat snarky where I would have preferred either laugh out loud funny / inappropriate or charming. I'm not sure I would read this book a second time.
Lyndsay
The story itself is not that good. However, the little elf doll that comes with it making some awesome memories. My 4 year old niece sings and talks to herself all the time. (she is an only child with a huge imagination). The other day I just though she was just playing around and when i walked into the liveing room she was in deep negotiations with the elf. She asked me if she had been good. i asked her had she been.
"no aunt lyndsay I haven't. But shhh. I don't want the elf to tell santa."
She
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Kristen
Dec 09, 2014 Kristen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Ages!
I won't start this review with a synopsis, since that is available under the book description.

This book (& elf) is a sweet family Christmas game. To me and my family it is in NO WAY a behavior tool! I changed the rules and decided its just all about finding the elf in the morning. My son loves the book and the game, and no one really thinks of it any differently. The older kids like to play along and help hide it. The book alone is easy to read for children 6 and up.

Nicole
I was impressed with myself, that I'd gotten this far in life without having read this. Finally had to at a party (Here, you're a teacher, could you read this to the kids? Lol) and it was... OK. I know the kids LOVE the concept, and that's huge. I will admit to refusing to take one on at home, because... NOT... ONE... MORE... THING in December!!! But it was OK. No more, no less. 2.5 stars.
Jodie
Okay, I have read this each year because we have to at work during a storytime and I still think it's kind of creepy. It's not a bad tradition, but it's kind of like Santa's Little Narc in a box.I think it is a clever idea for parents and families really seem to like the elf, but alas, I do not...sorry.
Robert
Dec 06, 2010 Robert rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Robert by: Erin Garton
Shelves: christmas, rhyme, own
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Maki
Feb 22, 2015 Maki marked it as no-thank-you
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The Elf on the Shelf just doesn't seem right...it's basically blackmailing children into thinking that their behavior is being reported to some moral judge of character.

We're not doing the whole Santa thing with my daughter at all - we want to show her that people can be generous, instead of having her attempt to live up to the expectations of an old man at the North Pole, who only comes around once a year to judge her.

That's definitely the reason I'd never get this. It has nothing to do with ho
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Jennifer
This was our first year with an Elf on the Shelf. The idea is that you purchase the book and elf together. When you read the book Santa magically knows you want an elf "scout" to come stay at your house and fly back every night to inform him of the child's niceness or naughtiness! So when you awake the next morning... voila, the elf is there! I think if this were a stand alone book, I probably would not alot 4 stars. But my kids are enjoying the whole process so much and the book has definitely ...more
BookFiend
In my opinion, overpriced, gimmicky, and slightly annoying... but it brings my goddaughter SO much joy and it's a great way to remind your children that they better clean up the table, put away their toys, or anything else you need them to do because the ELF is watching!

The first night she received it, my friend told me my goddaughter kept waking up in the middle of the night and from her room shouting "Can I check if the elf is back yet?". At which she had to continually tell her daughter, no -
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Lindsey
I'm doing the elf on the shelf tradition with my classroom this year! Loved the book and I am so excited to see where our elf ends up! :)
Matthew Jackson
its a great Christmas book to start a tradition with your its a big help with getting your kids understand that santa is watching..
Carter Harrison
WE LOVE THIS! We get to read it every year, when our Elf returns to us! He came SUPER early this year- and we already get to see him!!!!
Joyful
The story of the elf on the shelf Christmas tradition. I was given a copy for an honest review. We don't do this in our home.
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