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4.0 out of 5 stars There's a kind of hash, December 10, 2007
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[To the tune of "There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)" as recorded by Herman's Hermits and The Carpenters.]

There's a kind of hash, in Lemony's world, that's right
In Lemony's world, you can hear the sound of a latke with lungs
If you know what I mean
Just potato mush, with onions and egg, and fried
There's no better way, than the Hanukah way, with the latke that cried

So read it very carefully
Closely now and you will see what I mean
The latke that screamed
Between the silly bits you'll see
That there's a lot of history
On the Jews, and Hanukah's meaning

Yes there's a kind of hash, in Lemony's world, all right
In Lemony's world, you can learn a lot, from Hanukah lore

Seriously now, this deceptively simple little book effectively illustrates the difference between Hanukah and Christmas for those of us who weren't too sure before (and were afraid to ask).

Through funny exchanges with other objects and some delightful illustrations by Lisa Brown, "Snicket" brings out the significance of Hanukah by comparing the traditions of Christmas with the miraculous defeat of Antiochus IV at the hands of the Maccabees, the subsequent re-dedication of the temple, and the oil that burned for eight days.

The book ends in true dramatic Snicket fashion, with a kind of hush.

Educational, yet entertaining, this is a good, albeit brief, book for everyone.

Amanda Richards, December 10, 2007
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2007 8:54:47 AM PST
Look at this--so now she reviews living latkes.
I'm a Jew--and let me tell you, at this holiday time a REAL Jew doesn't waste time eating latkes--they go to the promised land instead--Boca!
(Boca Raton, Florida)

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 8:57:54 AM PST
Looks like you've been talking--again--to my fourth ex-wife.
You write that this book is "good, albeit brief."
Sounds like something she said about our time in bed together.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 9:01:46 AM PST
Kona says:
"There's a kind of hash..."
Inspired. Truly inspired. I love how your mind works, A!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 12:39:22 PM PST
Did she say "good..brief" or was it "good grief!" ????

:)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 12:41:02 PM PST
I have a MIND?????
Didn't I lose that a while ago?

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 3:30:30 PM PST
R. Kyle says:
OMG that's so good! Well, better than the latkes I've had for sure!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 4:13:49 PM PST
You write about what my fourth ex-wife said:
"Did she say "good..brief" or was it "good grief!" ????"
*please, don't remind me*

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 4:18:20 PM PST
I hope you didn't make a hash of those latkes :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2007 4:19:37 PM PST
Sorry - it's just that I have this quota to fill every day.
Your ex-wives pay me big bucks (your money of course) to write these things :)

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 4:43:33 PM PST
Don't encourage Matt, Amanda. He'll only marry a fifth wife and things will be worse. Aside from that- no complaints about using a Carpenter's song. They are litigation free and using their song for a review is a great honor. Superb review and just in time for Christmas....
Don't Sit Under the Mistletoe, with anyone else but me :) Metamorpho
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