Larry was just your regular caribou, who was cruelly excluded from his crew. He and his kin happened to be the sole Jewish reindeer in the North Pole. Larry was bullied and treated the worst way, until his plan saved one Christmas Day.
A contemporary satirical take on Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Schmuck the Buck introduces Larry, a young Jewish reindeer. He overcomes his awkward and sometimes painful youth to save Christmas. His tale of acceptance and inclusion is sure to warm the hearts of anyone who loves Christmas, Hanukkah, or both. Sixty pages of vibrant illustrations bring his story to life. A unique modern addition to any holiday library.
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You’ve heard of Rudolph, well here comes Schumck, in a cute illustrated story written in poetry and if you do love rooting for the underdog, like I do, Exo Books has done a great job creating a twist on an oft told tale.
Schmuck the Buck is yet another hit by EXO Books! Recently, I've been on a picture books/children's books binge so of course I would be interested in another goofy, picture book full of Christmas mischief! This book felt like my inner sarcastic child's dream of a Christmas story. Forget the main reindeer team! Those losers aren't as school as Santa's Jewish reindeer, Schmuck the Buck! His real name is Larry, but we call him Schmuck. Because, let's be honest, those nasty reindeer who called Rudolph names picked on everybody else too! This poor reindeer is the biggest nerd in his high school, but that doesn't bring him down! He got a degree in Accounting and even went to Yale! This is the type of awesome I strive to be! The humor was down right hilarious. I was almost laughing out loud from the silly jokes and gags that littered this book. Texting the parents about batteries? That is the kind of hilarity only the goofiest kids would think of! I felt like this story was the perfect way to show kids that you don't have to be the popular "Rudolph" character. You can be super cool and get your own starring role as a normal kid with different interests! It is a little "longer" - there are small paragraphs instead of just one word on each page. I think it was the perfect way to tell this story though! It's a real winner! I would love to see this book alongside all of the Rudolph merchandise in my local book stores. I'm not sure where to rate this book. It is satirical and ironic, but it also was pretty G rated. I think some older kids would find this absolutely hilarious, while younger ones could just enjoy the pictures. I'd maybe suggest reading this to children aged ten and up, because they would probably get some of this humor. But, it's definitely something adults would love to read! Overall, I loved this cheesey, funny and lovable story! It's definitely worth the read! I mean, who wouldn't love a book with an HR reindeer named Shirley? That just seals the deal.' Five out of five stars! P.S. Shout out to Karina Shor the illustrator! I absolutely loved the pictures. They were classic and elegant yet childish and fun!