Elf OFF the Shelf – A fun holiday parody


In the tradition of holiday parodies like “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “The 12 Pains of Christmas“, comes a holiday book sure to make laugh out loud. It’s called Elf Off the Shelf.

I grew up with the little plastic and felt elves around my home. My sister had one as did I. Sadly my elf was eaten by our dog. My mom had to go out and get me another elf because I was so upset. She couldn’t find any of the traditional green felt elves so she picked me up a smaller elf that wore a gold outfit and a gold hat. I STILL have the gold elf. In fact he’s sitting right next to my computer as I type this.

When my kids were younger I purchased a few small elves that I place randomly around our home. Every other day or so I would move the elves around to make it look like they really were alive and keeping watch on the the kids.

If you are not familiar with the Elf on a Shelf tradition it’s easy enough to understand. Basically you have an elf that sits on a shelf (or where ever you want to put him) and he keeps an eye on the kids in your family and reports his findings back to Santa. That way Santa knows if you’ve been naughty or nice. It worked for my kids for several years (thankfully). Try truly believed the little elves were real. I wish they still did today.

There is an Elf on the Shelf book and Elf set you can purchase. I’ve seen them in a few stores, most recently Target.

Now there is a new book about the infamous elf, except this book puts the elf in a whole new light.

Elf Off the Shelf is a funny parody about the iconic elf. This sweet little elf has high hopes about being a part of the family who purchased him. That is until they committed the ultimate crime against a shelf elf – they named him Horace. He was hoping for a cool name but instead he got Horace. From that point on Horace became disenchanted with his role as a shelf elf. Especially because his family let him become a cat toy and sit behind the toilet all day.

The book follows Horace’s adventures at night in his family’s house, including “wooing” Barbie (which failed miserably). 🙂

I was laughing throughout the book. It’s a quick and easy read (I read it in about 5 minutes). My husband read it right after I did and thought it was pretty funny too.

This is NOT a children’s book. This book is strictly for adults (and perhaps teens). It’s not a “R” rated book. There is no foul language in it except for the world cr*p which is mentioned once. It’s just the whole idea of a disgruntled elf that would not be “kid-friendly”.

Elf Off the Shelf is a funny book that you must read if you have the chance.

To learn more about the book please visit www.ElfOfftheShelf.com. You can also follow Horace the Elf on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/ElfofftheShelf @ElfofftheShelf) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Elf-OFF-the-Shelf/117406048347115?sk=wall).

Elf Off the Shelf  is available at many retail locations including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. This would also make a great gift and would be a fun addition to anyone’s holiday book collection.

Check out the video make especially for the book.


*I received a free sample copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Betty Baez says:

    i have never heard of this in my entire life until recently everyone is posting about it, i really love the idea, and im influenced to go buy an elf and put it on my shelf 😉

  2. One of my family members uses Elf on the Shelf and the kids love it. I’ll have to watch this video…sounds absolutely hilarious.


  3. I’ve enjoyed seeing pics from different blogs this season with their elves. But personally i think he looks kinda creepy so I dont think i’d buy one