The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming
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The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming

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by Lemony Snicket, Lisa Brown
     
 


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,…  See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Go ahead and cover this book in red, stamp it with gold foil and label it a Christmas story-Lemony Snicket fans won't be fooled. The miraculous birth here is of a potato pancake, which, unlike its less loquacious literary cousin the Gingerbread Man, begins screaming the moment it gets cooked. Leaping out of the frying pan and into the great white spaces of Brown's retro-cool graphics, the latke screams even louder as it tries in vain to explain itself and its role at Hanukkah to flashing colored lights ("So you're basically hash browns," they reply. "Maybe you can be served alongside a Christmas ham") and an equally Christmas-centric candy cane and tree. Embedding a satirical sting in his elegantly cadenced prose, the author (Daniel Handler) up-ends any number of conventions in what may be his funniest book yet. The gift-edition trim size makes this as easy a choice for adults as for the Unfortunate Events crowd. All ages. (Nov.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932416879
Publisher:
McSweeney's Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Lemony Snicket is the author of Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography and A Series Of Unfortunate Events. His whereabouts are unknown. Lisa Brown is the author and illustrator of Baby Make Me Breakfast, Baby Mix Me a Drink, Baby Fix My Car, and Baby Do My Banking. She lives in San Francisco with her family.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1970
Place of Birth:
Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.
Education:
Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Website:
http://www.lemonysnicket.com

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The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
A latke makes a quick getaway from a frying pan hoping to challenge its fate, and so begins this Chanukah adventure. Along its journey, the latke encounters a Christmas tree, Christmas lights and a candy cane. Lemony Snicket's, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: a Christmas Story, is a clever tale that offers a cursory overview of the history and meaning of Chanukah; simultaneously presenting a unique perspective of how it feels to celebrate a holiday that has no affiliation to the tsunami of all holidays, Christmas.

Because of its proximity to Christmas, Chanukah is often thought to be the Jewish version of that holiday. The Latke who Couldn¿t Stop Screaming provides the reader a tongue-in-cheek look into some of the real frustrations Jews face when dealing with misconceptions about Chanukah. The candy cane thinks that someone should write a carol about the latke; the Christmas lights, mistaking the delicacy for hash browns, envision the latke looking sublime next to a Christmas ham, and on it goes. The whimsical illustrations by Lisa Brown, keep the tale light, while the author vigorously repeats the theme that Chanukah is not related to Christmas. In the final pages of the story we see a Jewish family searching in the woods, the father holding an ax. When they come upon the perfect Christmas tree the family rejoices, but when the father peers under the tree and sees a latke, he is reminded of his own birthright. The importance of respecting one¿s cultural heritage is brought to the fore.

The author details some of the differences between the two holidays, such as the fact that gifts play a minimal role in the Chanukah celebration, also noting that the menorah candles are not just for ornamentation, but that they symbolize the Jewish history of survival. The Latke Who Couldn¿t Stop Screaming serves as a reminder to Jews of the power and beauty of their faith, while for non-Jews it is a primer, educating them about the differences between the two holidays. The overwhelming message is that all traditions are meaningful and unique, and must be honored as such. This tale is audacious and creative, and a welcomed addition to the holiday genre.

Quill says: A wonderful book for both children and parents that educates and entertains.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the funniest books I have ever read, and yet honestly relays the frustration of those who celebrate other holidays during the 'Holiday Season' I laughed so hard, I cried and then promptly bought copies for my friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This delightful book lays bare all the frustration that I have ever felt or seen expressed by my fellows during the 'holiday season.' Better yet, it does so in true Snicket style, complete with covert humor, a good message, and a deliciously morbid finale. I would say that I wish I had had a book like this while growing up, but I do not think I could have enjoyed it then any more than I do now.
vampire123 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book! Get it and find out why he is screaming!!!!! you and your kids are gonna love this book!!!!!
JBlaszko More than 1 year ago
How could you not read this, if you are a fan of Lemony Snicket? Same great humor, and as always a lesson to be found. I like this book because in a culture of diversity this book simply reminds us that we are All people. I bought this book for my cousins and their new baby a Catholic/Jewish baby. I bought a book for our family so that we can see that even though we are all different, we all share one humanity.
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I found it ironic that this book, the message of which is: "Hanukkah is different than Christmas and that's ok" was positioned in the Xmas section at our local Barnes and Noble.
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Witty, funny, touching and even educational. Brilliant little story that teaches the traditions of Chanukah and how it is different from Christmas so all can understand and enjoy. I sent copies to my entire family the year it came out. My father calls every year now and reads it to my daughter on the first night of Chanukah. I highly recommend taking this book to your child's school and reading it in the classroom. Finally Jewish children can have something truly special of their own every December. Now if only Lemony Snicket would turn this one into an animated holiday special...
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NanaJ More than 1 year ago
I celebrate Christmas. My granddaughter celebrates Hanukkah. What a fun way to mesh the two holidays!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is like the gingerbread man but for Hanukah. It's up to Lemony Snicket usual sarcastic standards. Really, really funny.
serviceKP More than 1 year ago
I finished this in one sitting. It's a funny little story about the odd life of a latyke, a potato pancake from a traditional Jewish recipe in a world with Christmas. It's lighthearted and in comical way touches on the bridge between gentile and Jewish cultures. God must have a sense of humor.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest holiday books I have ever read. I was actually a bit embarrassed by how bad I was laughing while in the store. Must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely hysterically funny!!! I loved the book and reread it three times in the first day. I would love to see this on video.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We bought this book for my daughter today, the day of its release. She's a big fan of 'Mr. Snicket.' Had I the opportunity to read it first, I would have bought a 1/2 dozen - and placed at least one of them in the library of my daughter's elementary school. This book is perfect for a child who feels in the minority every December, as well as for every adult who knows it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book looks super cool and funny.