24 Days of Christmas Books: The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming

Lemony Snicket The Latke Who Couldn't Stop ScreamingGrowing up I didn't know much about Chanukah. My little province didn't even have a synagogue. Everything I knew about Judaism came through the characters in books that I read. It wasn't until I left home and moved to a big city that I really learned about Chanukah. What I'm saying is, I really could have used Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming.

Lo and behold the miraculous birth of a potato pancake. The poor little latke starts screaming as soon as he's cooked because no one will listen to him and his role in the celebration of Chanukah. The candy cane, the flashing lights... they are all so taken up with Christmas. They tell poor little latke that he's basically hash browns and should be served with the Christmas ham. The horror! A lovely, if satirical, story about how Chanukah is simply not the Jewish Christmas and it's not about presents.

I need a copy. And latkes. Mmmm latkes.