The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming

The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming

A Christmas Story

Book - 2007
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Latkes are potato pancakes served at Hanukkah, and Lemony Snicket is an alleged children's author. For the first time in literary history, these two elements are combined in one book. A particularly irate latke is the star of The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming, but many other holiday icons appear and even speak: flashing colored lights, cane-shaped candy, a pine tree. Santa Claus is briefly discussed as well. The ending is happy, at least for some. People who are interested in any or all of these things will find this book so enjoyable it will feel as though Hanukkah were being celebrated for several years, rather than eight nights.
Publisher: San Francisco : McSweeny's Books ; c2007.
ISBN: 9781932416879
1932416870
Branch Call Number: j PO SNICKET
Characteristics: 43 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Brown, Lisa

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gribbles Sep 26, 2013

Great to read out loud and really funny!

AHHHHHH!

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sharon711
Apr 17, 2011

Vinny Grette dares you to read this story without jumping up to make a latke. I'm hungry!

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kalio
Jun 22, 2010

What?s a latke to do when Christmas lights, candy canes, and trees just don?t get it? Scream, of course, at the top of its potato pancake lungs until it gets the point across. Born of potato flakes and oil, the star of The Latke Who Couldn?t Stop Screaming leaps from his frying pan and runs shouting through the night. Confronted by ignorant, self-obsessed Christmas paraphernalia, the latke attempts to explain the meaning of Hanukkah, from the miraculous oil-burning lamp to the eight nights of gift-giving. Since this is a story by cheeky children?s author Lemony Snicket (best known for his gleefully gruesome Series of Unfortunate Events), any implied message about the holiday spirit or the meaning of the season gets turned topsy-turvy in an impish little tale that delights in the absurd and the unexpected. Artist Lisa Brown?s bright retro illustrations lend sass and spunk to Snicket?s irreverent ?Christmas Story,? which is sure to tickle the funny bones of all ages and faiths, regardless of the season. Who knew latkes could be so delightfully amusing?

sit_walk Dec 06, 2009

You've got Hanukkah and Christmas stories covered in one fell swoop. Brilliant! (And as an added bonus for the small ones in your house, there's screaming!)

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MaxineML Dec 23, 2013

"But somewhere in the world there is a place for all of us, whether you are an electric form of decoration, peppermint-scented sweet, a source of timber, or a potato pancake.”

MaxineML Dec 23, 2013

“Santa Claus has nothing to do with it," the latke said. "Christmas and Hanukah are completely different things."

"But different things can often blend together," said the pine tree. "Let me tell you a funny story about pagan rituals.”

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