The Dwarf in the Drawer: A Mischievous Parody

L Van King, Author, Chuck Gonzales, Illustrator
L. van King, illus. by Chuck Gonzales.. Macmillan/Square Fish, $19.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-250-04143-2
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This very funny spoof of the bestselling Elf on the Shelf phenomenon offers a dose of holiday sanity for families beleaguered by Santa’s ever-vigilant, shelf-dwelling lackey. Narration comes from the eponymous dwarf who “live[s] in your drawer/ With your clean underwear.” As the story progresses, the perturbed creature rails against the misery inflicted by the elf: “For most of the year, things at home were real peachy./ Then in came that usurper, acting all preachy./ Who died and made that elf king?/ That creep who made Christmas a terrible thing?” Gonzales’s loosely rendered cartoons play up the humor of the verse, giving the elf a sinister leer and emphasizing the exhaustion of the mixed-race family under his watchful eye. A drawer-ready plush dwarf is included in the gift-box package. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
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