Jewish Values: Adventure in Latkaland, An: A Hanukkah Story
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A fast-paced fantasy plot and an easy chapter format will appeal to children who have outgrown picture book stories about the evil spirits who make trouble during Hanukkah, such as Kimmel’s Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins and Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night and Melmed’s Moishe’s Miracle. In ten short chapters, each illustrated with at least one full-page color picture, two kids named Jacob and Sarah travel to Latkaland to help the potato-digging, latka-frying Lunchkins chase away some really awful goblins who are stealing the potatoes. Armed like the Maccabees, the Lunchkins rout out the far greater force of “nasty, slime-green goblins with pointed ears and hideous faces,” while Jacob and Sarah return to the real world, ready for new adventures. Along with the enjoyment of a light-hearted story, readers will also absorb a little Hanukkah lore.
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