Way Too Many Latkes: A Hanukkah in Chelm

illus. by Aleksandar Zolotic. 32p. Kar-Ben. Aug. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781512420920; pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781512420937.
K-Gr 2—Faigel, the best latke maker in the town of Chelm, has forgotten her recipe on the first night of Hanukkah, so her husband Shmuel goes to ask the wise rabbi for help. The rabbi is so hungry that he tells Shmuel Faigel should use everything—all the potatoes, all the eggs, all the onions—to make her perfect golden latkes. The predictable result is way too many latkes and not enough mouths to eat them, until the whole village is invited "to bring one mouth each. On Hanukkah, that's what mouths are for." In spite of a rather thin plot, the use of folkloric phrasing and humorous patter moves the story along, with a few typical Chelmish misunderstandings thrown in for good measure. Digital cartoon illustrations depict an Old World scene with big-eyed expressive characters.
VERDICT This story has enough humor and appeal to find a place on most holiday shelves.

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