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Title:
Runaway dreidel!
Author:
Newman, Lesléa.
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Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
In this rhyming tale in the style of "The Night before Christmas, " a family's preparations for Chanukah are disrupted by a wildly spinning dreidel.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 67073.
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ISBN:
9780805062373
Format :
Book

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A fantastical Chanukah journey "'Twas the first night of Chanukah and on the fifth floor, There was holiday hustling and bustling galore . . . Grandma was slicing up two chocolate babkas, Grandpa was grating potatoes for latkes." On the first night of Chanukah a lucky boy receives a shiny new dreidel, but once it starts spinning it just won't stop! With a mind of its own, the dreidel spins quickly across the floor, out the door, and on down the street, with its excited owner and family in hot pursuit. Soon the whole city joins the chase to catch the runaway toy. Where is that dreidel heading, and will it ever stop spinning? This is one journey worth pursuing right up to its magical conclusion!


Author Notes

Leslea Newman is the author of many popular books for children, including Matzo Ball Moon and Cats, Cats, Cats! Her fond memories of the sights, smells, and tastes of her family's Chanukah celebrations inspired her to write this story. Ms. Newman lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Kyrsten Brooker has illustrated several acclaimed picture books for young readers, including They Saw the Future and Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street . Ms. Brooker lives with her husband in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. With a mix of fun and fantasy, Newman offers the story of a Hanukkah dreidel with a mind of its own. The young narrator spins his holiday gift, and the dreidel takes off: through the living room, out the door, across the street past the shops, and into the country where it flies up to the sky and becomes a star. Early on, the rhyming text uses the rhythms of the "The Night Before Christmas," but then it wheels off into amusing couplets. Yet the words alone might border on the repetitive without Brooker`s fantastical illustrations taking them to new heights--literally. The medium is collage and oil paint, but the style evokes magic realism as time and place spin together. The characters are in Orthodox garb, and throughout there is an air of modern life and history melding. Sometimes the action seems like a dream, as the dancing dreidel moves chickens and Hebrew letters out of its way, and children suddenly gallop on horseback to a place where old-fashioned sailing ships glide on sapphire seas. A wild, evocative adventure. --Ilene Cooper


Publisher's Weekly Review

Set to the cadences of "The Night Before Christmas" ("Twas the first night of Chanukah and on the fifth floor/ There was holiday bustling and bustling galore"), Newman's (Matzo Ball Moon) verse narrative describes a runaway dreidel that finds a home in the night sky. The chief virtue of this forgettable tale may be its having occasioned more of Brooker's (Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street) idiosyncratic mixed-media art, oil paintings into which she seamlessly applies cut-paper photo elements. Everything in these illustrations is affectionately skewed, from the slightly oversize heads of the characters to the Brooklynesque street scenes occasioned by the boy narrator's pursuit of the toy. The dynamically dizzy world happily challenges readers to stay on their toes. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-This rollicking rhyme begins, "'Twas the first night of Chanukah and on the fifth floor,/There was holiday hustling and bustling galore." In the midst of it all, a dreidel escapes from a boy's hands and precipitates a wild chase out onto the street, into the country, and over the ocean, ultimately spinning into outer space. This humorous picture book introduces children to aspects of the holiday by using terms such as latkes, menorah, and the letters on the dreidel. Told in rhyming couplets, the tale holds storytelling appeal in both text and humorous illustrations. Chagall-like oil paintings and cut-paper art lend an Old World feel to the story. Although the author gives a nod to "The Night before Christmas" in the first and last lines, this story is really more akin to "The Gingerbread Boy."-I. A. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.