The Elf of Union Square

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Hiram the Elf has had enough—not only has Union Square Park been cleaned up and made safe, but everyone who visits the Square is so infernally nice. So with the help of Knut the rat, he launches a sneaky campaign to return Union Square to the “bad old days.” A little dog poop on the walkways, a little soap on the monkey bars, and suddenly the regulars of Union Square are at war with each other. But a boy named Jack and his reporter friend Will know that someone must be behind all the chaos. Will they discover the...

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Overview

Hiram the Elf has had enough—not only has Union Square Park been cleaned up and made safe, but everyone who visits the Square is so infernally nice. So with the help of Knut the rat, he launches a sneaky campaign to return Union Square to the “bad old days.” A little dog poop on the walkways, a little soap on the monkey bars, and suddenly the regulars of Union Square are at war with each other. But a boy named Jack and his reporter friend Will know that someone must be behind all the chaos. Will they discover the culprit before it's too late for Union Square?

With a lovably silly cast of characters that any reader will recognize, Jan Carr's debut novel is a brilliant combination of big laughs and sly satire. In no time you'll be rooting for Jack and Will to save the day... or for Hiram to wreck it!

An ancient, crotchety elf named Hiram and his sidekick, a Norwegian rat named Knut, conspire to drive people away from Union Square Park, while fifth-grader Jack Crain and a reporter for the New York Times, Will Manley, investigate.

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Publishers Weekly
Hiram, the crotchety old elf in Carr's (Big Truck and Little Truck) debut novel, calls a flagpole in the center of Union Square (in New York City) his home. Dismayed as "his" park sprouts friendly playgrounds, farmers' markets and dog runs, he decides to slowly sabotage the amenities, in hopes of driving the people away First he scatters dog poop along the sidewalks in the mornings, then he greases up the playground equipment so the children will fall and hurt themselves, then he organizes a swarm of rats to rain down on the farmers' market. Everyone acts or reacts in extreme fashion-mothers virulently protest park conditions, the commissioner of parks screams at his subordinates and a reporter for the New York Times writes a major story about the unfolding drama. The reporter eventually teams up with a fifth-grade boy (who, not coincidentally, has an attractive single mother) to investigate more closely, just as Hiram solidifies his alliance with the park rats. Everything about the plot is over the top, but the characters are a bit too thin and the pace a little too staid to carry off so much absurdity with aplomb. The likeliest audience for the story is those who know Union Square firsthand. Ages 8-up. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Secretly living in the nooks and crannies of New York City's Union Square Park is a crotchety, ill-tempered elf named Hiram. Hiram liked it better in the old days, the days where he had the park mostly to himself, without kids, dogs, and especially people around to bother him. His thirst for mischief leads him to undertake a series of mean-spirited pranks, such as spreading dog poop all over the walking paths and inducing the rat population to throw a frenzied, fear-inducing party on the lawn. At first Hiram's plan works to perfection—people turn mean and hateful toward one another, just like the elf likes it. For a while the park is pretty much deserted. As time goes on, however, conscience begins to get the better of New Yorkers. Kindness is contagious. Finally, even the elf feels a small twinge of remorse. A young boy named Jack and a reporter named Will Manley work together to solve the mystery of the Union Square mayhem. Younger readers might be amused at the quirky, albeit meandering storyline. Hiram the elf is a puzzlingly unsympathetic character. He's like an Ebeneezer Scrooge who never finds redemption. 2004, Putnam, Ages 8 to 12.
—Christopher Moning
VOYA
Hiram is an old, gnarled, and nasty elf who has lived in New York City's Union Square for more than thirty years. He hates anything happy and fun, especially playgrounds, dogs, and children. When the city plans to renovate Union Square to make it bigger, better, and more fun, Hiram plans to make everyone in the park so angry that they will all leave. He starts by putting dog droppings on the sidewalks at night, and then he soaps up the playground equipment. Next he floods the toilets in the local restaurant and then rallies the local rats to infest the park. No one knows who is behind all these pranks, so they all blame each other, get angry, and fight—just as the elf planned. Will Manly, a New York Times reporter, decides to conduct an investigation into the mysterious events at Union Square. Manly gets a little investigative help from Jack, a fifth-grade boy on summer vacation. Together, Jack and Manly seek out clues to uncover the mischievous spirit disrupting Union Square. This quick, fun read will delight fantasy fans and general readers alike. The short chapters and fast pace make it a good choice for reluctant readers. It is clean fiction with a little bit of silliness and lots of humor, making it enjoyable for middle school and even younger readers. It is a highly recommended purchase for both school and public libraries serving middle school readers. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2004, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 165p., Ages 11 to 14.
—Sarah Cofer
Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Carr's distinctly drawn New York setting harks back to the likes of George Selden's The Genie of Sutton Place (Farrar, 1994) or Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy (Turtleback, 1964). However, the diminutive central character out-grinches the Grinch-weak efforts to give him some redeeming qualities at the end notwithstanding-and the humans are caricatured in ways more likely to resonate with adults. Fed up with seeing so many happy passersby, Union Square's resident elf, Hiram, initiates a campaign of annoyances to drive them all out: dog poop on the walkways, soap on the playground equipment, a plague of rats to close down the caf and the Greenmarket. As young local resident Jack and his new acquaintance Will, a Times reporter, look on in puzzlement, smiles change to frowns, people begin snapping at one another, hostility mounts, and a strident busybody starts organizing protests-all of which culminates in a sudden, destructive riot. Though Jack catches a glimpse of the elusive, self-satisfied Hiram, it's Will's thought piece about how we all have mean-spirited inner elves to battle that brings on a round of apologies and a restoration of the park's sunny atmosphere. Defeated, Hiram departs on the subway. Those who are familiar with the bustling, handsome park may enjoy seeing it in a story, but the largely grown-up cast and points of narrative view will limit the book's appeal for child readers.-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Positive thinkers beware. Hiram, the hostile and cantankerous old elf who resides in New York's Union Square Park, is doing his level best to wipe out anything akin to happiness or good will in this bustling city oasis. Spreading copious amounts of dog poop triggers discord between the dog owners and the dogless; soap on the playground equipment causes injury and subsequent crowding in the park restaurant; and an organized infestation of rats in the eatery causes problems for everyone, including the multitudes of Rattus norvegicus. It's up to Jack, a resourceful boy, and Will, a capable New York Times reporter, to figure out what's going on and find a way to restore peace so that the denizens of downtown can once again enjoy their sliver of green. This doesn't generate much story steam despite its copious action, but it's gently humorous and morally instructive. Though a bit wearisome, it's full of recognizable New York types and has an old-fashioned read-aloud feel. (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399241802
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/23/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Elf of Union Square

    I really liked this book because it had a lot of mystery. All the kids in my class are reading it and love it. It has great characters and a good plot! This is an outstanding book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2004

    Elf of Union Square

    My ten year old daughter loved this book! She read it in two nights! It has been passed all around the fourth and fifth grade! Adventure, mystery, dog poop, what could be better!

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