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Book Review: Schmuck the Buck by Exo Books

27 Aug

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, both, or simply the festive spirit of the holiday season. Sixty-two pages of vibrant illustrations bring his story to life. A unique modern addition to any holiday library.





My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a funny twist on the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer story. Poor Larry is made fun of by the other caribou and the exclude him from everything and nickname him Schmuck. But when there is a crisis on Christmas Eve, he’s the one who steps up to the plate and saves Christmas! Santa is so pleased with him that Larry gets to ride in Santa’s sleigh.

Schmuck the Buck is full of vividly colorful illustrations, rhyming text, and actually made me laugh at loud a couple of times. Rather than a children’s book, this is more of a book for the whole family whether for Christmas, Hanukkah, or anytime.


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From the back cover:

Meet Schmuck the Buck, just a regular caribou.
He liked to east grass and then chew and chew and chew.
Yet he and his kin happened to be the sole
Jewish reindeer living in the North Pole.
Schmuck was bullied and treated the worst way,
Until his brilliant plan saved one Christmas day. 

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Blog Tour: The Bespokist Society Guide to London

12 Aug




The Bespokist Society Guide to…London

“sparse… some glaring omissions” FoodPorn London

“only page 23 is of mild interest”

“Wow!!! A genuinely bespoke city guide!!!” Tommy Sponge, Chairman, The Bespokist Society

You have in your hands one of the most curated city guides ever created. As the first travel book produced by the hugely influential Bespokist Society, this handy guide takes you to a London you’ve never seen: a London of challenging Etruscan restaurants, edgy branding parlours, emoji hotels and hidden Icelandic communities; a London where 8-ply toilet paper is a thing.

On the way, meet an eclectic band of inspiring Londoners – from scriveners to socialites via urban wordsmiths and coffee preachers – and see why London is now the global epicentre of Bespokist consciousness, community and culture.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a tongue in cheek travel guide to London. One of my favorite places listed is the chain of ‘bottom parlors’ that include luxurious toilets, bowel-stimulating music, and bottom butters. I think it tickled me because I wouldn’t be surprised if these parlors popped up somewhere. 

Like all city guides, there are plenty of restaurants listed. My favorite (because it’s so silly) is V-Gastro. All the food is virtual reality so even though it might be an enjoyable experience, customers will leave hungry.

If you enjoy tongue in cheek, this is a book for you. I think it’d be even funnier for someone who lives in or has visited London. I’ve never been to London but still found it amusing.

Author Bio 

The Bespokist Society Guide to London is a work of fiction written by born and bred Londoner, Jeremy Liebster. Somewhat surprisingly, Jeremy is also a city lawyer – formerly at DLA Piper and now a General Counsel within a large private equity group. Jeremy is utterly obsessed with travel books and although he might poke fun at urban fads, hipster fried chicken is his guilty pleasure. He also has an unusual interest in clothes hangers.


Social Media Links – @TheBespokist




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