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Zigazak!: A Magical Hanukkah Night

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“The most imaginative Hannukah tale of the season.”—Publishers Weekly

On the first night of Hanukkah, two tricky devils arrive in the town of Brisk to cause mischief. They use a magic word — Zigazak! — to make dreidels dance and latkes fly. The good citizens of Brisk panic and appeal to their wise rabbi for help. He triumphs over the devils in a contest of wits, and soon se
Library Binding, 32 pages
Published 2001 by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
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Two and a half to three stars for Zigazak. I thought the story was pretty entertaining, and it had a nice message and good pictures. I think my niece enjoyed it, too. She giggled a little at the rabbi's cunning, and seemed to think that it was a creative story. My nephew, however, didn't like the book for some reason. He even asked me to stop reading it part way through. We did finish it (my niece and I were enjoying it, after all), but he'd have preferred otherwise.
If you are looking for a fantastic children's tale of Hanukkah mischief and excitement, go no further. If you want to read a story about the goodness in every thing, you can stop right here, too. Kimmel does it again with another great, can't-put-it-down story, and the illustrations are outstanding.
Two devils think it's hilarious to scare people around the holidays. They take turns frightening the people of Brisk during Hanukkah. They cause dreidels to come alive with arms and legs. Latkes go flying through a house. A cat sprouts wings and begins to chase the dog. Menorah candles explode. Everyone runs to the Rabbi of Brisk, convinced only he can save them. The Rabbi invites the devils into his home and mentions that they forgot Hanukkah gelt, and that they probably can't do it anyway. Wel ...more
"I got this book partly to balance out the Christmas books in our library. We're not religious, and in North America Christianity is ""the norm"". We celebrate a secular Christmas (for lack of a better word - Santa day?). I feel that my kids should learn about lots of different religions.[return][return]The other reason I picked it up was for the illustrations. I'm a sucker for great children's book illustrations! The little demons are very well done. My kids really enjoy seeing each shape the d ...more
Rabbis are often even more heroic than Puss in Boots, or Finn McCoul & wife. What a delightful book, even for this atheist!
Cara Stone
Two devils fly about the town of Brisk during Hanukkah-time, creating mischief wherever they go. The townspeople run to the Rabbi , who tricks the devils into using their magic to cause gelt to fall from the sky, and the Rabbi explains to all that nothing is completely wicked; there is good in everything. Together the town celebrates Hanukkah. Good for story time. Image composition is dark, detailed and includes aspects of fantasy. Characters are expressive and detailed.
Sharon Medina
Two devils appeared one night during Hanukkah and stirred up evil within the small town. Everyone in the town was afraid except for the Rabbi. He was not afraid and triumphs over evil; he is able to defeat the devils and find the good in all things, even the devils.

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Suggested ages: 6 to 10 years old
Mommy says: If you are looking for a fantastic tale of Hanukkah mischief and magic, go no further. If you want to read story about the goodness in every thing, you can stop right here, too. Kimmel does it again with another great story, and the illustrations are outstanding.
Celebrated Hanukkah with third graders by reading this book and then playing dreidel. Devils decide to make trouble for a small town on the first night of Hanukkah, but the town's rabbi turns their mischief into joyful magic.
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Eric A. Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He attended PS 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School. Brooklyn College was across the street from his high school, so he didn’t want to go there. He headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.
Eric worked as an elementary school teache
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