Review of Hanukkah Nights

Hanukkah NightsHanukkah Nights
by Amalia Hoffman; illus. by the author
Preschool    Kar-Ben    24 pp.    g
10/22    978-1-7284-2883-3    $8.99
e-book ed.  978-1-7284-6921-8    $7.99

“1 light. / Special night. / 2 lights. / Happy nights.” A soothingly simple text guides young listeners through the nights and lights of Hanukkah in this counting board book. The main attraction here is the striking art: against a black background, each added flame is shown in a different radiant color, with white lines filling in a few more details. A final spread explains briefly how to create the varying types of marks used for the flames: “drip: Use an eyedropper to drip paint”; “crisscross: Use pencils, crayons, or chalk to make fine lines.” A bright little gift for budding young artists.

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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