The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming

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The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, a Christmas Story 

By Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Lisa Brown

Ages 6 & up, 24 pages

Humorous

Lemony Snicket is most often recognized for his A Series of Unfortunate Events book series. This is a humorous story about a latke or a potato pancake eaten during the celebration of Hanukkah. The latke began screaming when it was heated in a pan full of oil. So what’s a toasted latke to now do? Well of course it then jumps out of the hot pan and out the window. It ran down the street past flashing Christmas lights who angrily shout that they are the ones to make cheer. The flashing lights believe he’s just hash browns, but the latke screams that it’s completely different. It then comes across a candy cane who’s upset that the screaming is spoiling the peppermint scent. The latke responds that its smell symbolizes the feeling of Hanukkah. The candy cane states that someone should write a Christmas carol about it. Of course, the latke screams that it’s not part of Christmas and it’s a completely different thing. The latke continues to scream until it stumbles into a forest. Finally, a family finds the latke and takes it home to eat for their Hanukkah dinner with applesauce and sour cream. The last pages explain that it’s sometimes difficult to be understood and makes you want to scream, but everything should be welcomed somewhere. The latke was welcome in a home where people understood it and fit perfectly during the Hanukkah celebration.

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4 thoughts on “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    December 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    This seems like a funny story with a great meaning!

      Caroline responded:
      December 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

      It was a very funny story and the screaming had a reason at the end. Thanks for your comment & have a great holiday!

    mfearing said:
    December 30, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I look forward to tracking this one down.

      Caroline responded:
      December 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm

      This was a very funny book with a new idea. Thanks for stopping by.

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