Monday, December 28, 2015

Diary of a Wimpy Elf by Renae Brumbaugh

Title: Diary of a Wimpy Elf
Author: Renae Brumbaugh
Pages: 70
Release Date: November 15, 2015
Genre: School Age (7-12 year olds)
Publisher: Armonia Publishing
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free copy of this eBook through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Most of you reading this have a sweet, cozy picture of what goes on at the North Pole. Cute little elves, tra-la-la-ing as they build wooden train sets, play with sample toys, and paint eyelashes on dollies. And while some of that does take place, let me just say . . . that doesn’t even begin to describe life at the North Pole. This book is my personal diary. It’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help me Rudolph. So if you’re happy with your cozy little half-picture, walk away. This book is NOT for you. And that’s okay . . . ignorance is bliss, and believe me, I’d love to have a little more bliss in my life. But if you want to know what REALLY goes on up here . . . buy this book. Read it. And then say a prayer for me, because I need all the prayers I can get. Because life as an elf . . . it’s harrowing.

My review:

     This is an adorable look at life at the North Pole.

     Are elves real people?

     Do they have feelings and deal with relationship issues like the rest of us?

     This is an amusing look into what life may be like for the cute Santa’s helpers. All the stories I’ve ever read or seen about Santa and his helpers portrays them as happy-go-lucky cheerful little people that only want to help get the toys ready for Christmas. If you don’t want that image messed with you may not want to read this book.

     The main character is Kirby and he has a lot to deal with throughout the year. His diary takes you along with him as he goes. One of the main issues he deals with is bullying. This is such a common problem for school children. I really like how it is handled here. This is a very cute book and I really enjoyed the illustrations that are interspersed throughout it.

     I’m giving this darling book a rating of 5 stars. I do want to recommend it.

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