A fun story about celebrations and family, even if your family is on the other side of the world. We follow two cousins who want to prove which one, “Wins Hanukkah.” A winter Hanukkah sounds horrible, but what is so great about a summer one? As the two show their different traditions they realize they have more in common than not and see that family is the reason for the season. A great way to introduce the holiday or to add to your family's Hanukkah traditions. — Jeanette
In this delightfully upside-down picture book holiday story, cousins from opposite sides of the globe debate who can celebrate the best Hanukkah. Eight chances to prove it—may the best cousin win!
“You’ll have Hanukkah in summer? Talk about backwards.” “Your Hanukkah’s in winter? You’re missing out.”
From their homes in New York and New Zealand, cousins Noah and Nora decide to have a competition. Winter versus summer: Who can have the world’s best Hanukkah? But as the eight nights of Hanukkah go on, the contest proves tougher than they imagined. Even as each cousin celebrates the holiday with their own unique traditions, they realize they have more in common than they thought.
A warm, witty holiday story from acclaimed award-winning creators Elissa Brent Weissman and Omer Hoffmann, Hanukkah Upside Down shows that while there are countless ways to celebrate Hanukkah, family is what matters most.
About the Author
Elissa Brent Weissman is the author of many books for young readers, including The Renegade Reporters, The Length of a String, and the Nerd Camp series. She grew up on Long Island in New York and now lives on the South Island of New Zealand, where her birthday is in spring rather than fall. Omer Hoffmann is an illustrator and comics artist. He has illustrated 10 published children’s books, lots of comics, numerous advertisement campaigns, and dozens of editorials. He likes drawing funny and humorous pieces. He also likes coffee. He lives in Givatayim, Israel, with his wife, Maia, and their daughter, Zoe, and son, Lenny.
***STARRED REVIEW*** Any library looking for Hanukkah books will want to add this unique international tale to their collection.—School Library Journal
"This includes gratitude for “great miracles, then and now and all around,” and a faith and traditions that transcend time zones and geography, making the world feel “right side up” no matter where they stand."—Publishers Weekly
"Digitally assembled pencil, charcoal, and brush and ink illustrations play up the humor competition."—The Horn Book Magazine
"A reminder that holiday celebrations are fun, no matter when, no matter where."—Kirkus