Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming
We've been in hibernation. For a ridiculously long period of time.
NO MORE.Because I found a story about a potato pancake who couldn't
stop screaming. It was a red hardcover and it had gold foil - and I'm
a sucker for both. Bought it, of course.
The star of this picture book is the latke (a traditional potato pancake
made during Hannukah) and our hero is on the run. Unfortunately for the
latke, he bumps into Christmas icons like coloured flash-lights and candy
canes whose lack on knowledge on the Jewish holiday is appalling. He is
tremendously aggravated when he is insultingly called a "hash-brown", for
instance. Naturally,he screams his guts out.
In true Snicket fashion, a gingerbreadmanesque tale is given a wicked spin,
while also weaving in the history of Hannukah.
Ending's delicious, too.