Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Laughing Latkes by M.B. Goffstein
I actually went out and purchased a copy of today’s book a year ago and have been holding onto it just for this time of year. Granted, it’s not Hanukkah for a couple weeks now, but our schedule is a little sporadic this month so no time like the present! This week we consider what, in some ways, might be the flipside of another Hanukkah book we did a number of years ago, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming. Screaming or laughing, the real question here is this: Do you put applesauce or sour cream on your latkes? We tackle this very deep, very serious debate firsthand. Just wanted to let you know what you’re getting into with this episode.
This was the line in the sand for Kate. Sour cream… and not a single glimpse of applesauce anywhere in the book. It’s a miracle she was able to finish this.
As Judah Maccabee cameos go, this may be my favorite. Just his boot, man.
It think it’s fairly safe to say that I didn’t actually expect former Prime Minister Golda Meir to show up and keep showing up in this 1980 Hanukkah book for the kids. I told Kate this book wasn’t controversial. Then I discover this additional cameo in this book.
All objects can potentially sentient in this book. The boot got off easy, but not so this oddly child-sized book.
Aww, man. These raisins and nuts have seen some things. Check out how happy they are at the beginning of the book and then how something broke them later on down the road.
It’s an odd ending, but it almost works for me. The word potato is actually pretty funny.
Kate Recommends: The podcast Tales from the Stinky Dragon
Betsy Recommends: The Rise of the Resistance Star Wars ride at Hollywood Studios in Orlando.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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