The Elf of Union Square by Jan Carr

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Hiram the Elf has had enough—not only has Union Square Park been cleaned up and made safe, but everyone who visits the Square is so infernally nice. So with the help of Knut the rat, he launches a sneaky campaign to return Union Square to the "bad old days." A little dog poop on the walkways, a little soap on the monkey bars, and suddenly the regulars of Union Square are at war with each other. But a boy named Jack and his reporter friend Will know that someone must be behind all the chaos. Will they discover the culprit before it’s too late for Union Square?

With a lovably silly cast of characters that any reader will recognize, Jan Carr’s debut novel is a brilliant combination of big laughs and sly satire. In no time you’ll be rooting for Jack and Will to save the day... or for Hiram to wreck it!


About Jan Carr

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Jan Carr has written more than 50 books for children, including the well-received picture books Big Truck and Little Truck, Greedy Apostrophe: A Cautionary Tale and Dappled Apples. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.Daniel Howarth has illustrated many children's books including, I Love You Always and Forever. He lives in Devon, England with his wife, Heidi, and two children.
Published February 23, 2004 by Putnam Juvenile. 128 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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It’s up to Jack, a resourceful boy, and Will, a capable New York Times reporter, to figure out what’s going on and find a way to restore peace so that the denizens of downtown can once again enjoy their sliver of green.

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Hiram, the crotchety old elf in Carr's (Big Truck and Little Truck ) debut novel, calls a flagpole in the center of Union Square (in New York City) his home.

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