cover image The Best Hanukkah Ever

The Best Hanukkah Ever

Barbara Diamond Goldin, , illus. by Avi Katz. . Marshall Cavendish, $16.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7614-5355-0

The Knoodles (as in, they don’t use theirs) have pondered the rabbi’s comment about giving the perfect gift (“one that will last forever”) and, wanting to do right, set about choosing the best presents for each other. The revved-up expressions and high-wattage palette of the illustrations tip readers to expect exaggerated comedy, and sure enough, each Knoodle bestows what he or she would most like to receive. Why, wonders Bubby Sadie, does Little Yekl not treasure the pickle barrel that reminds her of Grandma Alte’s in the old country (“Such pickles she made!”)? Goldin’s (While the Candles Burn ) best this is not, but adults who like slapshtick will enjoy sharing this with kids. Ages 5-8. (Oct.)