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Title:
Zigazak! : a magical Hanukkah night
Author:
Kimmel, Eric A.
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Publication Information:
New York : Random House Children's Books, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Two evil spirits wreak havoc on the town of Brisk's Hanukkah celebration, until the town's wise rabbi puts a stop to their mischief.
General Note:
"Doubleday Books for Young Readers."
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 132807.
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ISBN:
9780385326520

9780385900041
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Book

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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


Author Notes

Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois.

He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award.

Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-9. Roiling gray clouds in a wintry night sky and spear-tailed, humorously grotesque demons instantly put readers in mind of Kimmel's renowned Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins (1989). This new tale, although not as complex as Herschel, is pleasing, nonetheless. Two devils determine to disrupt the Hanukkah celebration in the shtetl of Brisk. With the magical word zigazak, they cause arms and legs to sprout on spinning dreidles, send latkes flying through the air, ignite Hanukkah candles into exploding fireworks, and set musical instruments to playing themselves. Recognizing these phenomena as the work of evil spirits, the terrified townspeople run to their rabbi, whose wisdom saves the day. The text is safely boxed away from the devilry in double-page spreads in which intricately detailed art realistically depicts the furnishings, clothing, facial features, and even the townspeople's pets. Storytellers will have fun with the surprise ending. --Ellen Mandel


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.