Opening with Klezmer-like music, Kimmel's beloved Hanukkah story shines in this new audio edition. Narrator Gildart Jackson's rich baritone and measured pacing bring out the humor and violence of Hershel's battle for the spirit of Hanukkah against a host of fearsome goblins. A full range of sound effects and occasional Eastern European music enhances the tale, although both sometimes nearly overwhelm the narration. For the most part, there's just enough time to turn the pages, allowing listeners access to Trina Schart Hyman's Caldecott Honor illustrations. Sadly, the production omits the excellent author's note that explains the traditions of the holiday, particularly the rules for playing dreidel, so children who listen without the book may not understand how Hershel cheats the goblins. S.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2016]
Trade Ed. Dreamscape 2016
CD ISBN 9781681416724 $14.99 One CDs
DD ISBN 9781681416731 $9.99
Library Ed. Dreamscape 2016
DD ISBN 9781681416748 $19.99
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