How to Catch an Elf (How to Catch #3)

by Adam Wallace (Author) Andy Elkerton (Illustrator)

How to Catch an Elf (How to Catch #3)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: How to Catch

A crafty elf shares all the ways children have tried and failed to catch him. 

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Publishers Weekly

The team behind How to Catch a Leprechaun follows the efforts of several children--clearly ones who are destined for Santa's naughty list--to capture one of Santa's elves. Mischievous readers will likely enjoy watching the tiny elf attempt to escape traps that include a tinsel net, a family cat, and (somewhat disturbingly) sticks of dynamite nestled in a pile of chocolates, as well as a cowboy tree ornament wielding an electric brand. Why all the threats of violence against someone who's part of Santa's gift-delivery operation? It's never really clear, and before long Santa and the elf are narrowly escaping hams and cookies fired at them through a "Dinner Cannon," coasting down a river of eggnog, and soaring across the sky on a pizza. Wallace's rhymes and Elkerton's in-your-face images hit their comedic marks, but the overall story is chaotic and confusing. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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"With delightful rhymes, How to Catch an Elf slots itself into place along such classics as "The Night Before Christmas." Of course, there's some updated technology, such as the Elf Snatcher 3000. Its cute language is great for reading aloud and the pictures are sure to get a giggle. Daring escapes and goofy traps make the story great fun. With hijinks galore, kids may just come up with some new ways to capture Santa's little helper" - Foreword Reviews
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Publication date
October 04, 2016
How to Catch
BISAC categories
JUV017010 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Christmas & Advent
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