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A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm

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A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm

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A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Story of Chelm

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Now there’s another way to celebrate Hanukkah— with A CONFUSED HANUKKAH: An Original Story of Chelm! Published by Dutton Children’s Books, this book is funny, engaging and educational for children of all ages , and is beautifully illustrated by S.D. Schindler, the noted children’s illustrator.  If you are familiar with legends of the whimsical village of Chelm  (or even if you’re not) you will be delighted with this original story.

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This story is currently in development in Hollywood as an animated feature!



“...A CONFUSED HANUKKAH is an absolutely charming addition to the funny and heartwarming tales of those lovable fools.” -LEONARD NIMOY:  actor, writer and director

“...With Schindler's buoyant watercolor-and-ink illustrations making the most of the silliness and slapstick, this book is a love letter to every family that resists December's siren song of assimilation.”  -STARRED review-PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

“...A mirthful adventure... portray[s] the characters endearingly and provide[s] cultural insight that will appeal to children of all faiths.”  -L. I.   -SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“...a screwy, yet ultimately canny observation on the distinctive traditions of Hanukkah and Christmas... a droll new tale of Chelm...  The illustrations are as wonderful as the story: funny, yet so endearingly gentle... -MARVIN KAYE:  Author, Editor, Theatre Producer

“...awesome.  My kids loved the book...I shall cherish my copy.” -DAVID FISCHER:  Author  Do Curve Balls Really Curve? and other kids/sports books.

“...ridiculous... that's what Koons has to offer -- a slapstick account of what happens when the resident rabbi wanders off right before Hanukkah... This ecumenical mix-up could attract a crossover audience... broadly funny... uses humor to eliminate any confusion at all about the human condition. Its message is clear: We are indeed all residents of Chelm.  -SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - Reviewed by Susan Faust: Chair of the 2004 Newbery Committee. 

“Fun and folklore that teaches too... Children ... will enjoy Jon Koons’ A CONFUSED HANUKKAH. -PARADE MAGAZINE: Parade Picks 

“...the lesson will not be lost on American children today." -FORWARD: Arts & Culture  

    “...wonderful Hanukkah books... Can these villagers figure it out?... Find out in this silly book with an ending you won't want to miss!”  -By Jennifer Galvin - BOSTON HERALD

“Enlightening Stories... enhance meaning of Hanukkah... there are good books out there to introduce the holiday to very young children and to deepen its meaning for older ones... a humorous story... mixed up with comic results.”  -THE DAY

“...Hilarious text accompanied by whimsical illustrations.” -SAYFAIR BOOKS

“...Jon Koons' original story, based on the legendary town of fools, along with S.D. Schindler's whimsical illustrations, pokes gentle fun at how traditions can sometimes get mixed-up - often with hilarious results.”  -McNally Robinson Booksellers

“...Through a ridiculous series of events, the true nature of the holiday is revealed. S.D. Schindler’s watercolor illustrations bring this silly story with a point to life. -MYSTERYLOVERS.COM  

“...This original story, based on the legendary town of fools, is perfect for interfaith families and anyone looking for a good chuckle at holiday time. Trust me, not even Chelm residents would be this confused, but it is funny nevertheless.”  -MY JEWISH BOOKS ONLINE

“...charmingly illustrated tale... text is cute, too.” -Joe Eskenazi - JEWISH NEWS WEEKLY OF N. CALIFORNIA    

“...amusing addition to the body of folktales about the legendary buffoons of Chelm... illustrations capture all the battiness of the hybrid festivities that ensue before the rabbi returns to set things straight. -WASHINGTON POST

“...comical rendition captures the Eastern European environment... folly even for Chelm.”  -Kirkus Reviews

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