Book Review: Schmuck the Buck by Exo Books

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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