Community pools had yet to be drained for Labor Day, Halloween candy hadn't even been handed out, Thanksgiving menus weren't even a glimmer in our eye and yet "when what did my wondering eyes did appear? " holiday decorations! The retail blitz had begun. It is the official kick-off of "Gimme Time!!"
The first of the holidays that will appear this December is Hannukah (the first night of Hannukah 2010 is December 1st, got your shopping done yet? No? Better get crackin')
One thing I strongly urge you to add to your "eight crazy nights" is "Hannukatz Saves Hannukah, (Well, at least for the Moskowitz Family)" the zany, off-beat and hilarious book which was written and hysterically illustrated by the equally zany, off-beat, hilarious (and brilliant in an avant garde kinda way) Terry Abrahamson. This book addresses the problem of commercialism and greed in our kids in a wry, witty and fun way.
Meet The Moskowitz's:
Mom "Sylvia" "Syl" to all who know her well who "sold obsolete Roll-O-Files where people used to store phone numbers before cell phones and computers" ('nuff said)
Dad "Gilbert" "Gil" to all of us "who dreamed of creating a new Kosher food called Chish (1/2 chicken and 1/2 fish) which would enable him to make a fortune.
|"Josh" illustrations by Terry Abrahamson|
Hannukatz! (a cat wearing sunglasses and as he calls it a "Meowmulkah", that possesses the wisdom of the ages and is one cool cat!) Read how he teaches Emily and Josh (in his own inimitable style), that "Hannukah is not the Jewish Christmas" and that the true meaning of Hannukah is not evidenced by how expensive and hip the gifts they receive are.
You will also learn in this wonderfully wacky book:
- the story of Hannukah as only Hannukatz can tell it
- how the miracle of the "eternal light" inspired the Beatles song "Eight Days A Wick" 'er "Week"
- and....if Emily and Josh will let go of their greed and if they will REALLY learn the true meaning of Hannuka.
From our house to yours as Hannukatz says "Happy Hannukah to all and to all, a good light. Well...eight lights, actually"
As Terry Abrahamson says "Rock on, kids. Thanks for reading."
To purchase "Hannukatz Saves Hannukah" visit www.hannukatzsaveshannukah.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. ISBN 978-0-578-06664-6
|Terry Abrahamson Author/Illustrator of Hannukatz Saves Hannukah|
he won a Grammy writing with Muddy Waters, wrote the Boston Celtics fight song recorded by George Thorogood, wrote for Oprah Winfrey, has a book of his Blues photography "In The Belly Of The Blues", in the permanent collection of the library of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, created Chicago's adult musical comedy review KAMA SUTRA...and many, many other accomplishments too numerous to mention!