Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Dear Blog . . .

I don't mean to ignore you. I'm certainly thinking of you - look at all those books I've been reading over there on the sidebar! I'm mentally writing reviews that the constraints of a 24 hour day have not permitted me to type. Barring any drastic changes in the space-time continuum, I'll be back to regular blogging after I'm finished my Christmas shopping/wrapping/visiting. I miss you!


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown

I recommend this book for: elementary school, just about anyone with a sense of humor
I saw this on display in the bookstore and read the whole thing right there. Our hero, the screaming latke, begins yelling when someone tries to fry him in hot oil (wouldn't you?) and jumps out the window. In his travels he meets various symbols of Christmas and has conversations with them, but none of them understand exactly what the latke or Chanukah are all about. Growing more and more frustrated, the latke screams his way through several more pages until he finally finds the place where he belongs.
Granted, I am a giggler, but I really was laughing out loud in the bookstore at the fantastically expressive pictures of the latke. Snicket manages to make the story entertaining, help create empathy for those who don't celebrate Christmas but are inundated by its commercial aspects, and explain the history and true meaning of Chanukah. Kids and adults should find it educational and a ton of fun!