Blogmas Bonus – Review: Schmuck the Buck by Exo Books!

Hello everyone!! Welcome to another Blogmas 2018 post, but this is a little bonus! Today we’re back to the classic book blogger content once again with a festive book review.

Books are such an important part of Christmas for me. They’re fabulous presents and having time off work and school means that you get some time to get some precious reading done! Here’s a festive picture book that’s perfect for all ages!

I was approached by this author to provide an honest review in return for a free copy of the book.

Screen Shot 2018-12-08 at 09.36.48.pngBlurb:

Meet Schmuck the Buck, just a regular caribou.
He liked to eat 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.

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. A unique modern addition to any holiday library.

Title: Schmuck the Buck

Author: Exo Books

Illustrator: Karina Shor

Publisher: Exo Books

Genre: Fiction, Humour


This is a gorgeous picture book, perfect for all ages, that carries the message that no matter what religion we belong to, this season is a time for us all to come together and support each other. A truly heartwarming message in a time when splits in society are so obvious. We follow the story of Larry, the Jewish reindeer, from his time being bullied by the other reindeer at school to how he saves Christmas with the wonders of modern technology.

I really loved the illustrations in this book – they’re so bright and colourful that they’re sure to grab the attention of any little ones you might read this to. As well as that, they really help to add a stunning visual to a sweet story, making it an engaging read. I particularly enjoyed the cheeky elves in the background and the mounted reindeers as ’employees of the month’ and Grandad – it really got me laughing! The accompanying words are quick and flow well, with their rhyming pattern giving the opportunity for a little festive sing-along. I truly loved the message behind the words, about everyone coming together and supporting each other rather than isolating certain groups of people based on unfounded prejudice. Such an important message to be spreading and definitely one that we can all do with being reminded of every so often. I also really appreciated the diversity of the characters in the book. Including different religions and skin tones was a lovely way to make the book and the holiday period more inclusive which was a wonderful touch.

As for what I didn’t like about this book, there wasn’t much. I’d definitely recommend choosing the physical copy over the ebook as it means that you can truly engage with the beautiful pictures and it would also be a more interesting method for younger readers.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this festive picture book to all ages – sweet enough to be read by younger audiences but with enough humour to be enjoyed by us older readers too!

Rating: 4/5

Recommend?: Yes

Have you read this book? Or maybe it’s now on your TBR list? I’d love to know!

Thank you for checking out my Blogmas 2018 posts and I can’t wait to share the rest with you! Check back tomorrow for more festive fun 🎅🏻

I’d also just like to point out that I don’t want to cause any offence to those who don’t celebrate Christmas, these posts are just a bit of fun to go along with my own personal celebrations.

You can always find me over on Instagram and Twitter if you fancy a book (or Christmas) chat! 😌🎄


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