Latkes are potato pancakes served at Hanukkah, and Lemony Snicket is an alleged children’s author. For the first time in literary history, these two elements are combined in one book. A particularly irate latke is the star of The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, but many other holiday icons appear and even speak: flashing colored lights, cane-shaped candy, a pine tree. Santa Claus is briefly discussed as well. The ending is happy, at least for some. People who are interested in any or all of these things will find this book so enjoyable it will feel as though Hanukkah were being celebrated for several years, rather than eight nights.
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We read this at our granddaughter's preschool, and it was heartily enjoyed by toddlers and grown-ups alike. Lemony Snicket's books are genius at introducing wonderfully big words and defining them for young readers. So while I don't think the word "arrondissement" is going to start tripping off the tongues of toddlers anytime soon, there's something nice about reading a book to kids that can be appreciated on another level.
Not that I think this book is just for kids. The story is an absolute riot, especially to all us now grown Jewish kids who never quite got the hang of how to explain to our peers that Chanukah is not Jewish Christmas. It also included a quick lesson on the origins of the holiday, or at least that tale of the oil and Maccabees we all remember so well--whether or not it's true...
I must confess... I intended to leave the book behind for the class, but after handing out dreidels and gelt, I decided this would be a present for me. It's a...
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming is a great read a-loud story (perhaps a little long for most preschool listeners.) My six and eight year olds love joining in as the screaming latke. The book is small and the pictures are not large or elaborate. However, my children ask for it every year, when we unpack the ornaments and winter holiday books. It is a lighthearted introduction to Chanukah traditions juxtaposed with the familiar symbols associated with Christmas. This year, a very dear friend visited our family for a couple of days, including the first and second nights of Chanukah. She made us latkes, read this book and used it as a springboard for telling my daughters a more detailed account of the Maccabee Revolt and the temple rededication. She so enjoyed reading this story with our young daughters, that she bought a copy of the book for each of her grandchildren as a Chanukah gift. When she returned home to her family for the last night of Chanukah, they read it...
Lemony Snicket offers a bit of irony to the holiday season but with a dash of flavoring that may entice the curious to delve into the world of holiday traditions. The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, A Christmas Story is a delightful tale that reveals the origins of the latke, a potato pancake that is part of the delicacies that many munch on during the traditional Hanukah celebrations. But Snicket brings the latke alive and shows it too is a part of the Christmas celebrations as he has the latke venture into the world of the symbolic meaning of the Christmas and Jewish holidays - each one is definitely closely linked and share a common bond historically and culturally.
The symbolic imagery clearly is narrated as the lakte meets his counterparts of the Christmas holiday that consists of a string of Christmas lights, pine tree, and candy cane. Each one somewhat educates and shares with the lakte how important it is to the Christmas season, and even suggests that it...
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