Picture Book Review: The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman

Looking for your next read? Check out The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Michael S.

Chanukah, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, is a joyous eight-day celebration. Also called the “Festival of Lights”, celebrants light a candle each night on a candelabra known as a menorah, spin a top called a dreidel and eat fried foods such as donuts and potato pancakes. Chanukah-alternatively spelled Hanukkah-which means "dedication" in Hebrew, commemorates the victory of a small group of Jewish rebels over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you took the story of “The Gingerbread Man”, set it during Chanukah and replaced the title character with a trio of latkes (potato pancakes)? If so, The Runaway Latkes” by Leslie Kimmelman is just for you!

Young readers will immediately be drawn to three runaway latkes and the townspeople who chase them. Along the way, children will learn about Chanukah traditions (latkes and lighting candles) and laugh out loud at the silly images of latkes with faces. A fun and engaging story. Recommended for preschoolers.

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The Runaway Latkes

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