Review: Schmuck the Buck: Santa's Jewish Reindeer by Exo Books, Karina Shor (Illustrator)

November 27, 2018
: Schmuck the Buck: Santa's Jewish Reindeer, Exo Books, Karina Shor, InToriLex. Book Review
Published By: Exo Books, LLC on September 1, 2018
Format Read: Paperback Edition (60 pages)
Genre: Humor/ Christmas/ Fantasy
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Author Request
Schmuck the Buck: Santa's Jewish Reindeer
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.


Content Warning: Delicious Grass Entrees and Overworked Elves


Larry is a memorable caribou who celebrates his beliefs while appreciating others. I was pleasantly surprised how relate-able this tale is for adults and children. He try's hard to fit in while in school and as an adult seeks out ways to discover what he has a passion for. Since Larry is Jewish part of the book details his families Hanukkah celebration at home. The artwork was vivid and included wonderful details to enjoy on your second or third read.

I applaud all of the diversity to be found in this amusing tale. It includes differing religious beliefs, elves, caribou, and humans of all races. While most story's tend to leave out references to our modern technology. The author did a great job of tying in multiple elements in a amusing way. This is a wonderful holiday read that can be enjoyed by everyone.
The humor included references that adults will enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised at how Santa joins in on the action. This unique twist on what we know about Christmas time at the North Pole is amusing, inclusive and fun.

Recommended for Readers who
- enjoy funny holiday stories
- appreciate diversity
- enjoy modern takes on Christmas lore

**I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. **


Exo Books, InToriLexEXO Books is the pen name and publishing company of a science fiction writer. He is a man from NYC, USA, Earth.

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