Runaway Dreidel! (Paperback)

By Lesléa Newman, Kyrsten Brooker (Illustrator)

Square Fish, 9780312371425, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2007

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (10/2/2007)

List Price: 6.99*
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When a dreidel that takes off through a boy’s living room, the boy—and readers—are taken on a runaway adventure through city streets and along country roads, where modern times and history blend together in magical ways. This celebration of one of Chanukah’s most fun traditions—spinning the dreidel—is sure to be a welcome addition to this healthy holiday category.

About the Author

Leslea Newman is a poet, an animal lover, and the author of "Hachiko Waits," "Cats, Cats, Cats!," "Daddy's Song," and other picture books. Her awards include the Parents' Choice Silver Medal and a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has a B.S. in education from the University of Vermont and a Certificate of Poetics from Naropa Institute, where she was Allen Ginsburg's apprentice. She has worked as a preschool teacher, secretary, waitress, freelance reporter, and sales clerk, and now teaches writing for children and young adults at Spalding University. She lives in western Massachusetts. Kyrsten Brooker has illustrated several acclaimed picture books for children. Illustrating this Chanukah story allowed her to remember her old Brooklyn neighborhood with its babkas, latkes, challahs, and horas. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Praise For Runaway Dreidel!

“Brooker’s madly tilting, fanciful oil and cut-paper collage illustrations are wonderfully textured and full of fabulous details . . . A lively Chanukah romp that can be enjoyed by every denomination.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Told in rhyming couplets, the tale holds storytelling appeal in both text and humorous illustrations. Chagall-like oil paintings and cut-paper art lend an Old World feel to the story.”—School Library Journal
“Everything in these illustrations is affectionately skewed, from the slightly oversize heads of the characters to the Brooklynesque street scenes occasioned by the boy narrator’s pursuit of the toy. The dynamically dizzy world happily challenges readers to stay on their toes.”—Publishers Weekly
“A wild, evocative adventure.”—Booklist
“Readers will laugh in delight . . . this book is pure fun.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch