Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night
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Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night

by Eric A. Kimmel, Jon Goodell
     
 

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“The most imaginative Hannukah tale of the season.”—Publishers Weekly

On the first night of Hanukkah, two tricky devils arrive in the town of Brisk to cause mischief. They use a magic word — Zigazak! — to make dreidels dance and latkes fly. The good citizens of Brisk panic and appeal to their wise rabbi for help. He

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“The most imaginative Hannukah tale of the season.”—Publishers Weekly

On the first night of Hanukkah, two tricky devils arrive in the town of Brisk to cause mischief. They use a magic word — Zigazak! — to make dreidels dance and latkes fly. The good citizens of Brisk panic and appeal to their wise rabbi for help. He triumphs over the devils in a contest of wits, and soon sends them packing. But his real triumph is the ability to see the good in all things, even devils’ tricks, helping the townsfolk enjoy their most magical Hanukkah ever.

“The breezy text and expressive humor of the illustrations make this a fine choice for Hanukkah storytimes.”—School Library Journal

An Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Book for Young Readers

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the most imaginative Hanukkah book this season, Kimmel (Gershon's Monster) peoples an old-world town with mischievous demons, easily alarmed villagers and a wise and crafty rabbi. The brio of the storytelling doesn't shy from a moral: "Sparks of goodness exist in all things, even in devils' tricks." Goodell (Mice Are Nice) portrays the demons as ugly monsters, the goofy gleam in their eyes only partially dampening their scariness, and his humans are mildly grotesque. A dark palette adds to the shiver-inducing effect. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this age of Harry Potter, it's wonderful to welcome a Jewish holiday book suffused with gargoyle-like devils, strange and wondrous happenings, and a rabbi wise enough to figure out the good in it all. The town of Brisk is terrified as the shouted word "Zigazak!" grows appendages on their dreidels, causes their latkes to fly out of the frying pan, and sparks exploding Hanukkah candles. How is it, then, that the rabbi seems to be enjoying these terrifying wonders? "'Nothing is completely wicked,'" he says, catching a floating latke as it goes by. "'Sparks of holiness exist in all things.'" With that, he creates a bit of magic himself, in the form of showers of gold coins for the children from the boastful devils, and then dispatches them to where they belong. Goodell's drawings fill the pages with fear, wonderment and glee in explosions of detail and color, and Kimmel's tale is not to be missed. Your only problem will be trying to figure out why "Zigazak" is spelled "ZigaZak" in the title but not in the story. 2001, Doubleday/Random, $15.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When a pair of gleefully naughty devils creates havoc in the small town of Brisk at Hanukkah, the terrified townspeople all run to the rabbi's house for help. Far from being afraid, he is charmed and amused by the dancing dreidels, flying latkes, and exploding candles that the devils have concocted. After tricking them into giving the town Hanukkah gelt, the rabbi persuades them to turn themselves into cockroaches, which he then steps on. They disappear instead of being satisfyingly smooshed, but that's the only disappointment in this rollicking tale. The brevity of the breezy text and expressive humor of the illustrations make this a fine choice for Hanukkah storytimes.-E. M. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385326520
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/25/2001
Series:
Rhw Temp Holiday Book Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.17(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Eric A. Kimmel is the well-known author of many folktales and Hannukah stories. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Jon Goodell has illustrated several books and early readers, including Dick King-Smith’s A Mouse Called Wolf. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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