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Starred Review. Go ahead and cover this book in red, stamp it with gold foil and label it a Christmas story—Lemony Snicket fans won't be fooled. The miraculous birth here is of a potato pancake, which, unlike its less loquacious literary cousin the Gingerbread Man, begins screaming the moment it gets cooked. Leaping out of the frying pan and into the great white spaces of Brown's retro-cool graphics, the latke screams even louder as it tries in vain to explain itself and its role at Hanukkah to flashing colored lights (So you're basically hash browns, they reply. Maybe you can be served alongside a Christmas ham) and an equally Christmas-centric candy cane and tree. Embedding a satirical sting in his elegantly cadenced prose, the author (Daniel Handler) up-ends any number of conventions in what may be his funniest book yet. The gift-edition trim size makes this as easy a choice for adults as for the Unfortunate Events crowd. All ages. (Nov.)
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Best ever summary of Chanukah within the choking barrage of Christmas.Published 9 days ago by Sara S. Batya
The idea was great. It was cute until the ending. Didn't like the ending at all.Published 1 month ago by Dale Ellen
Fantastic holiday story. My family absolutely loves it. We don't celebrate Christmas but really enjoy this cute, unique, cross-cultural story!Published 2 months ago by Gabriel Sterling
Bought 14 of them. Gave to friends and family. Fabulous message - great story. Wonderful!Published 4 months ago by loves to cook
A wonderful book on so many levels, and the very definition of what pleasures a read-aloud book can bring.Published 6 months ago by Steve D.
Kids will love this short little book during the Hanukkah holidays, especially when you read it to them with hardy screams. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dadnkaty