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The Flying Latke Paperback – October 1, 2002

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Hungry from the lack of appetizers (Mother doesn't believe in them) one Chanukah, Uncle Izzy and Uncle Shecky start arguing over what kind of car cut them off recently, a Buick or a Ford. Shecky shakes a pickle so hard it bounces off Izzy's forehead, and the food fight is on. Borscht, chicken, sour cream, even the chocolate Chanukah gelt--nothing is sacred. But when one last latke soars out the window, it just keeps flying! Soon news reporters and FBI agents are swarming the house, seeking the source of the mysterious UFO. The family is stranded in the house, with almost no food, until everything blows over.

In Arthur Yorinks's fantastically wacky version of the traditional Chanukah story, the remaining plate of latkes, which, in that crowd, should have lasted "about seven and a half minutes," lasts for eight days! An all-star (or mostly-star) cast of actors and illustrators were "cast" for this unusual book, staged and photographed by Yorinks and Paul Colin. Newbery- and Caldecott-award winning illustrator William Steig (Sylvester and the Magic Pebble) provided the background art, as Yorinks and Colin digitally transferred photos of the posed actors into the illustrations. This hilarious take on the Jewish holiday, while wildly offbeat, remains true to the spirit of the Chanukah miracle; ultimately, the fighting stops and forgiveness reigns. (Ages 4 to 10) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

If the Three Stooges had played the sons of Yiddish-speaking immigrants,they might have stepped into this slick shtick. The plot features feuding relatives who start a food fight on Hanukkah and pitch a latke out the window; the latke (don't ask) is mistaken for a UFO. Characters "plotz" and "fress" and "shmooze"Aeverything but play canasta. Steig's work is far in the backgroundAliterally. Using digital techniques, Yorinks (Hey, Al) with Colin treats Steig's drawings as a theater set and collages in photos of "actors" hamming it up (you should pardon the expression). With "parts" dealt out to Steig and his wife, artists Maurice Sendak and Vladimir Radunsky as well as children's publishing folk David Saylor and Judith Rovenger, the book has the tone of an in-joke, with an equally limited appeal. Ages 5-up. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689853483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689853487
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,054,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Pssssst.... while many of the characters in the book look like photos of stock characters, upon closer look you may notice that some of the roles are played by the children's book publisher David Saylor; famed artists Maurice Sendak and Vladimir Radunsky; the illustrator William Steig; and the publisher Judith Rovenger.
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Format: Hardcover
A Hanukkah book by not one, but two, count them two, Caldecott Medal winners. Steig has been illustrating The New Yorker magazine for what? something like over 60 years! And Yorink is famous for "Hey Al" and that story about Whitefish. This is quite a unique Hanukkah book that combines pictures of real people (better than stock characters) and illustrations, and text and cartoon bubbles, to show what Hanukkah is really like in a large extended family.
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Format: Paperback
A wonderful holiday read-aloud for family or classroom! This is a brilliant picture book. The background illustrations were done by William Steig (think "Shrek!"). The characters are friends and actors who were photographed by Arthur Yorinks and Paul Colin -- and then digitally placed into Steig's backgrounds. Visually, this book is an amazing treat! The plot is also fabulous -- a family argument at a Chanukah dinner leads to a latke being tossed out the window and mistaken for a UFO. It takes about ten minutes to read this to your children or class -- and I guarantee, you'll ALL love it!!!
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By Renee on December 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The characters in this book are reminiscent of my grandmother's family, the generation that inspired Woody Allen, Billy Crystal, and others. Don't know of any current day Jewish families like this one, but it's nice to keep the tradition alive! When I read this to my children, the yiddish accent/intonation just comes naturally! It really is too bad it's out of print.
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Format: Hardcover
I happened upon this book by chance but it was love at first bite! Absolutely hilarious version of a family gathering for Chanukah. Goofy, but almost too true to life for some Jewish families at holiday times. Must be shared with all, especially those Jewish familes that tend to get a little rowdy when brought together for functions!
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