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The latke who couldn't stop screaming : a Christmas story
Lemony Snicket
Children's Fiction SNICKET

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Starred Review. Go ahead and cover this book in red, stamp it with gold foil and label it a Christmas story--Lemony Snicket fans won't be fooled. The miraculous birth here is of a potato pancake, which, unlike its less loquacious literary cousin the Gingerbread Man, begins screaming the moment it gets cooked. Leaping out of the frying pan and into the great white spaces of Brown's retro-cool graphics, the latke screams even louder as it tries in vain to explain itself and its role at Hanukkah to flashing colored lights (So you're basically hash browns, they reply. Maybe you can be served alongside a Christmas ham) and an equally Christmas-centric candy cane and tree. Embedding a satirical sting in his elegantly cadenced prose, the author (Daniel Handler) up-ends any number of conventions in what may be his funniest book yet. The gift-edition trim size makes this as easy a choice for adults as for the Unfortunate Events crowd. All ages. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Once again, our favorite authors have brought out a cornucopia of holiday delights. From new Christmas entries in several favorite series to a debut or two, there is something here for everyone's reading pleasure. Fans of urban street lit made the "nice" list this year-Santa brings not one but two holiday treats for their stockings. Also worth a mention are three sure-to-be-blockbuster titles. From Hyperion in October, A Family Christmas (ISBN 978-1-4013-2227-4. $26.95) is an anthology of beloved Christmas prose, poetry, scriptural readings, and lyrics selected and introduced by Caroline Kennedy. In November, S. & S. presents Angela and the Baby Jesus (ISBN 978-1-4165-7470-5. $14.95) by Frank McCourt, an illustrated gift book in both adult and children's editions telling how Angela (yes, of Angela's Ashes fame) stole the baby Jesus from the church's nativity scene because he looked cold. December marks the arrival of a work by best-selling children's author Lemony Snicket, The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story (ISBN 978-1-932416-87-9. $9.95), from McSweeney's Books. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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