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

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  781 Ratings  ·  122 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
Hardcover, 26 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by CCA and B, LLC (first published 2007)
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Nov 02, 2013 Jordan rated it did not like it
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
Delicious Strawberry
Jun 29, 2013 Delicious Strawberry rated it did not like it
Shelves: terrible-book
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
Dec 22, 2009 Jill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Elizabeth ☆❀Hot for Alphas❀☆
Started our Elf on the Shelf tonight. My 5 year old named him Buddy.
Sheri Radford
Dec 10, 2012 Sheri Radford rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids
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.
Dec 02, 2011 Habrewer rated it really liked it
Shelves: lilly-read
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
Emily Madill
Jul 30, 2012 Emily Madill rated it it was amazing
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
Lucila Perez
Dec 06, 2014 Lucila Perez rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2010 Marla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
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
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
Jul 06, 2015 Kaylin rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-books
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.
Dec 06, 2014 Jeremy rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 23, 2010 Lionel rated it it was amazing
Finally! 1 night left. Running out of places to hide this Elf :)
Sep 21, 2015 Loraine rated it really liked it
This book is great for helping monitor children's behavior during the Christmas holidays. We use this for our grandson, but also make sure he understands that Jesus' is the real reason for Christmas.
Amy Carr
Dec 04, 2011 Amy Carr rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book
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
Bonnie Cook
Dec 28, 2014 Bonnie Cook rated it liked it
adorable story - could have been a little better though.
Dec 09, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
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.

Sofia Davis
Dec 06, 2014 Sofia Davis rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 13, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 08, 2014 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 17, 2015 ☺Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Pricey, but cute, addition to a family's holiday traditions. My younger grandson desperately wanted an "elf on the shelf" elf to come to his home. He even wrote a letter to Santa asking for an elf. Well, my grandson was overjoyed when he came home from school this afternoon to find that an elf had arrived by special delivery. His mother read the storybook this evening, the elf was christened "Bob", and the real fun begins tomorrow morning - searching for "Bob"!
(Those harshly judging the premise
Sep 29, 2013 Carol rated it it was ok
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.
Jonathan Barnett
May 10, 2016 Jonathan Barnett rated it liked it
How does Santa know if you have been naughty or nice ? Ask the Elf on the Shelf.

Okay. I know its kid stuff but if you are a new parent reading this, you might like this book. Basically, it will start a fun Christmas tradition. The Elf change locations every day because every day he returns to Santa to report on the a kids behavior. The storybook explains it all with a rhyme.

From Thanksgiving through Christmas, it is a busy time of year. This is good reading for when you are just too tired to r
Dec 16, 2011 Lyndsay rated it liked it
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."
Dec 21, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it
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.
Dec 30, 2015 Kim rated it it was amazing
What a cute book! So I'm not sure where the naughty elves have come in. However, mine arrived without her skirt! She has a skirt in this book. Then I learned it's part of the marketing to talk you into buying a skirt. I did - a piece of ribbon from Joann's for less than $1 - and I pinned it to her waist. Super cute!
Dec 02, 2014 Jodie rated it liked it
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.
Dec 06, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it
Recommended to Robert by: Erin Garton
Shelves: rhyme, christmas, own
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Dec 07, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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
Dec 03, 2015 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
I think that I liked it because I have an elf and he gave me the book. The book was great because I like elves and the book was about elves.
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