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“The Three Latkes” by Eric A. Kimmel. Kar-Ben Publishing. 2021. English. Hardcover. 24 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1541588912.

When three Chanukah latkes fight over which of them tastes the best, the winner is decided by the clever and crafty family cat. Which will he choose? The three latkes can’t wait to find out in this fun Chanukah story, but perhaps the latkes should be careful what they wish for.

Eric A. Kimmel has been writing for children for over 40 years. His more than 100 titles include such award winners and classics as “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins” and “The Chanukkah Guest.” He lives in Portland, Oregon.

“Hello Hannukah!” By Susan Novich. Kar-Ben Publishing. 2021. English. 18 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1728403441.

Hello, Hanukkah!” says the friendly badger as he prepares to count the candles in the Chanukah menorah. In this Hanukkah board book, a cute and clever badger teaches counting and color concepts along with Hanukkah customs.

Susan S. Novich finds inspiration in the tiny scraps of paper that other people would likely throw away. She has a BA from Simmons College and a certificate in children’s book illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband, Bruce, and dog, Coco, a rescued Havanese.

“Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Magical Menorah” By Judy Press. Kar-Ben Publishing. 2021. English. Paperback. 80 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1541576261.

Pinky Bloom, Brooklyn’s greatest kid detective, takes on a new case just in time for Chanukah. When an extremely valuable ancient Israeli coin is stolen from her synagogue, Pinky sets out to find the thief. But other strange events keep distracting her. Could they be connected to the supposedly magical menorah that her neighbor has left in her family’s care? Only Pinky can get to the bottom of this—with a little help from her annoying little brother. Solve the case alongside Pinky, in “Pinky Bloom and the Magical Menorah,” the second in the Pinky Bloom series, after “Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Missing Kiddush Cup.”

Judy Press studied fine arts at Syracuse University and earned a master’s in art education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the creator of a dozen award-winning children’s art activity books and early-reader chapter books. A grandmother to 10, Press lives in Pittsburgh.

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