Larry has been picked on and excluded for being one of the only Jewish reindeer in the North Pole. But one year, when a mistake is made that could ruin the holiday for all the boys and girls across the world, Larry comes up with a plan that saves Christmas.
*This is a repost! If this review looks familiar, it's probably because you've been following me for a while and have seen it before. I thought the book deserved an extra boost!*
[Originally posted on 12/3/18]
*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*
Ok, here are all the reasons I loved this strange, little comic/picture book (and all the reasons you should read it):
– The art was colorful, detailed, and full of life. It was perfect for this whimsical comic about reindeer.
– Sometimes there were these great, and hilarious, details in the background, like the “grass pyramid” poster in the cafeteria.
– The reindeer wore ornaments hanging from their antlers like jewelry. I don’t why I loved that so much, but I did.
– There were jock reindeer, hipster reindeer, nerdy reindeer—it was the whole high school stereotype thing, which was fun because, you know, they were reindeer.
– There was some nice diversity/inclusivity. The main character, Larry, was Jewish, the elves had all different skin colors, and Santa and Mrs. Claus were Black. And the book overall had this nice message about how regardless of your religion, holidays are about celebration, and we’re all the same on the inside.
– It cracked me up and was just funny and cute. It’s a comic with the kind of humor adults will understand more, but kids and teens might enjoy it too. (Note: There is one page that shows an elf mooning someone.)
Overall this was a short, humorous, satirical-but-sweet holiday comic/picture book for adults (or possibly all ages), and I recommend it if you want a laugh!
Anyone who likes comics/picture books and humorous holiday stories with a nice message.
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.