Friday, December 20, 2013
Product Review: The Dwarf in the Drawer by L. van King
Are you one of those parents who is tired of The Elf on the Shelf? Just yesterday, there was an article featured in The Gazette out of Colorado Springs, Colorado that discusses the backlash from parents about this mischievous little elf who wreaks all kinds of havoc on your house and belongings and then reports all your family's misdeeds back to Santa.
L. Van King and illustrator Chuck Gonzales have decided it's time for a new tradition. Like the troublesome elf, The Dwarf in the Drawer comes with a book and a plush toy. But that's where the similarities end. The dwarf lived in the house before the elf even arrived, and instead of flying back to Santa and appearing in a different place each morning, the Dwarf--we've named ours Billy Bob Joe--hangs out in your clean underwear drawer. He doesn't insist you behave with plans to rat you out if you don't. Instead, he wants you to appreciate the love of friends and family and believe in yourself.
OMG! I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Our dwarf has been so much fun to have around. While my girls don't see their Elf on the Shelf in the unflattering light that the book portrays, we all got a kick out of reading The Dwarf in the Drawer story and making our dwarf part of our daily lives. Our dwarf pops up in someone else's clean underwear drawer (Do they make a drawer to hold your dirty underwear?) each morning. So far it's just been the dwarf, but I think you could be quite imaginative with the dwarf by adding reading material or snacks; even if that's not the point of the story or the toy.
The Dwarf in the Drawer matches humorous rhyming text with colorful, sometimes zany, illustrations to come up with a winning product that might just become a new Christmas tradition. Its simple, yet meaningful, message is one that is so important to remember as we rush through the holidays. Highly recommended.
Find out more at http://page.macmillan.com/mcpg/dwarfinthedrawer/!
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Square Fish; Har/Toy edition (October 1, 2013)
I received a copy of this book/plush toy kit from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.