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Elf on the Shelf - a Christmas Tradition

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,213 ratings  ·  167 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 October 1st 2015 by The Elf Store T/A Baby Republi (first published 2007)
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Lonna | FLYLēF
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's funny the things we do for our children. My sons named their elf "Elfie." I know, sooo original. Granted, they were only 5 and 2 at the time. Indisputably, there is something to this tradition that brings them so much joy.
Jordan
Nov 02, 2013 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
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Mariah Roze
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a really great book that really explains the purpose of the elf. This would be perfect to read to your child before you do the Elf.

My students really enjoyed this book and had never heard of having an elf in your house before.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
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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Meags
2.5 Stars

Look, my students ate this up, so points for that, but I found it a bit creepy - stalker elf alert! I also felt it conveyed a misguided message about good behaviour - like children should only be good just before Christmas because that's the only time their stalker elf would be reporting back to Santa. Yeah, no. I get that this is a Christmas themed story, and as such it was cute and whimsical, but I'd rather a children's story, one which is trying to promote good behaviour, take a more
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Jill
Dec 06, 2009 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
Sheri Radford
Dec 10, 2012 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.
Christie
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally starting this tradition at our home. Happy Christmas Eve Everyone 🎄
Jeremy
Dec 06, 2014 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.
Elizabeth ☆❀Hot for Alphas❀☆
Started our Elf on the Shelf tonight. My 5 year old named him Buddy.
Andrew Shaffer
Snitches get stitches.
Emily Madill
Jul 30, 2012 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
Habrewer
Dec 02, 2011 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
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Lucila Perez
Dec 06, 2014 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
Marla
Jan 25, 2010 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
Jo
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Elf on the Shelf
By Carol V Aebersold
Santa has a spy and he's making children all over the world behave. Love this idea.
The Elf on the Shelf, is a Christmas activity the entire family will enjoy, this cleverly rhymed children’s book explains that Santa knows who is naughty and/or nice because he sends a scout elf to every home. During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night. When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found
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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
Kaylin
Jan 05, 2015 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.
Lionel
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Finally! 1 night left. Running out of places to hide this Elf :)
Fredrick Danysh
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-ya
A colorful easy to read chidrens book regarding the elf on the shelf Christmas tradition featuring a small stuffed doll that is moved around to different locations in the house. The text is in rhyming form.
Eli Connors
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An adorable guide book to a much loved tradition! My folks raised me on things like this and I'm hoping my kids will pass it down, too.
Kevin McGinn
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute little story
Amy
Dec 04, 2011 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
Kristen
Dec 08, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Jessica
Feb 13, 2014 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.
Loraine
Sep 21, 2015 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.
Carol
Sep 29, 2013 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.
Bonnie Cook
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
adorable story - could have been a little better though.
Ben Truong
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition is a children's picture book and toy written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell and illustrated by Coë Steinwart. It is a book depicting just how Santa Claus knows which child have been good or naughty.

The text is simplistic, straightforward, and rather poetic. It is an interesting narrative on how Santa Claus knows if a child has been good or naughty, because he has numerous elves in every home observing the child – an elf on the shelf – literally and
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Jennifer
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A companion book to the actually Elf figurine, this book explains the Elf to children in a cute rhyming way with watercolor-like illustrations. My son loves to read this, especially around Christmas and to point out where the Elf is in each of the pictures. A cute story that is a perfect companion to the figure!
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