cover image THE MAGIC MENORAH: A Modern Chanukah Tale

THE MAGIC MENORAH: A Modern Chanukah Tale

Jane Breskin Zalben, , illus. by Donna Diamond. . S&S, $15 (64pp) ISBN 978-0-689-82606-1

Zalben (Pearl's Eight Days of Chanukah) serves up a middling holiday story, packaged in chapter-book format with atmospheric line drawings. Stanley rubs a long-neglected menorah to a nice shine—and releases Fishel the genie, who grants Stanley three wishes. What ensues teaches Stanley the unsurprising lesson that he already has everything he needs for happiness. To borrow from Fishel's sitcom Yiddish ("So? Nu already? What's it going to be?"), the major ingredient here is schmaltz. Ages 7-10. (Oct.)