4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2010
It is refreshing to find an illustrated chapter book with a Hanukah theme. In 10 short chapters, Fisman creates the imaginative world of Latkaland. With the arrival of a magic dreidl and the utterance of "Nes Gadol Hayah Sham", young Sarah and Jacob are transported to a fantasy land inhabited by "Oily" and other strange looking latka makers. Once in Latkaland, Sarah and Jacob join forces with these "Lunchkins" to foil the Hanukah goblins. The Hanukah goblins are boiling all the potatoes that are used for latkes and destroying the Lunchkins' ability to fry them to make the traditional pancakes. The children encourage the Lunchkins to "be like the Maccabees who were fearless and believed in themselves." Their battles and their triumphs are wonderful reading for young children, with just enough suspense to keep them interested. The story is accompanied by colorful watercolor illustrations and maps that enhance the story. Additionally, the end of the book contains two recipes--one for latkes and one for a jujube dreidl. This book is perfect for an emerging chapter book reader or for a parent to read to a child as a fanciful bedtime story. For ages 5-8. Marge Kaplan
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2010
After reading this with my grandchildren, I must give An Adventure in Latkaland a hearty recommendation. Humor, suspense, and lively illustrations, make for great Hanukkah reading for children (and their parents or grandparents).
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2011
My 9-year-old daughter has now read Latkaland 50 times, easily, and never tires of it. She has informed me that this is "the best Hanukkah story" and is anxiously awaiting the next book "Purimville." We are both sure that it will be as big a hit. These books make perfect gifts.