Review of Hanukkah, Here I Come!

Hanukkah, Here I Come! [Here I Come!]
by D. J. Steinberg; illus. by Sara Palacios
Primary    Grosset    32 pp.    g
10/22    Paper ed.  978-0-593-09426-6    $5.99
e-book ed.  978-0-593-38525-8    $5.99

This collection of poems covers Hanukkah history (“Macca-BAM! Macca-BOOM!”), eternal questions (“Applesauce vs. Sour Cream”; “Enough Food?”), and modern-day considerations (“Hanukkah Selfies”). The loosely metered poems have plenty of humor and a dash of sweetness (the eighth night features “one last ­Hanukkah hug”). The inclusive illustrations in Palacios’s (A Song of Frutas, rev. 9/21) signature bold style depict a wide representation of families and friends enjoying the holiday together. A sheet of stickers is appended.

From the November/December 2022 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, associate editor of The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in writing for children from Simmons University. She has served on the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and Sydney Taylor Book Award committees.

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