Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Elf" Author Coming Back to UWG

The University of West Georgia College of Education is proud to bring Chanda Bell, a UWG alumna and author of the best-selling children's holiday book "The Elf on the Shelf," to the campus's Education Center, Room 5 on Wed., Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

Bell will be reading her best selling book to local pre-school children, with a book purchase and signing to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Bell's book has become a big hit nationally. CBS will present "The Elf on The Shelf: An Elf’s Story," a new animated feature based on the book, as a special presentation on Fri., Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

"The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story," follows one of the many scout elves from the North Pole who helps Santa Claus determine who to put on the naughty and nice lists. Named “Chippey” by his adoptive family, the elf is assigned to help a

young boy, Taylor McTuttle, who struggles to believe in the magic of Christmas.

"The Elf on the Shelf" was by Carol Aebersold and her daughters, Bell and Christa Pitts, also a UWG alumna, who self-published the book through their company CCA and B. The story was inspired by an Aebersold family tradition featuring

their own pixie elf, Fisbee, who appeared in their home every holiday season. Since 2005, The Elf on the Shelf has sold nearly two million copies.

Big Canoe Entertainment is the Atlanta-based production company that created "The Elf on the Shelf: An Elf's Story." BCE was formed in 2010 by Aebersold, Bell, Pitts, Catherine Scorsese, Chad Eikhoff, Tara Burtchaell and Kenneth Waddell.

Trick 3D executed the animation for the film.

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