Holiday House Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Gift Edition)
Holiday House Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Gift Edition)

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Gift Edition)

By Eric A. Kimmel


Publication Date: September 13, 2022

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Ages 4 to 8, Grades P to 3

Featuring a handsome slipcase and poster, this new edition of the beloved Caldecott Honor winning tale is a perfect Hanukkah gift!

"Combining exquisite storytelling and captivating illustrations, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a masterpiece."—Jason Chin, Caldecott Medal Winning Illustrator of Watercress

For more than thirty years, this clever story of a folk hero outwitting dreadful goblins has been a staple of family Hanukkah celebrations. 


Adapted from a Ukrainian folktale, with an imaginative twist from master storyteller Eric Kimmel and featuring the timeless illustrations of Caldecott Medalist Trina Schart Hyman, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a true classic of children's literature.


A haunting tale with a warm heart, Hershel of Ostropol arrives at a village on the first night of Hanukkah but finds the villagers too afraid to light a single candle! Goblins with spindly claws and twisted faces are haunting the synagogue. Hershel vows to break the curse. The clever trickster faces down one goblin after the next, night after night, until he meets the terrifying King of Goblins. It will take all of Hershel’s wits to trick the King of Goblins to light the Menorah himself.


Celebrate the holiday and family tradition this season by sharing this elegant gift edition of the treasured classic with beautiful foil detailing and slipcase.  Unfold a poster showcasing the evocative artwork, and read the insightful afterword from the 25th Anniversary Edition explaining the book's origins and remembering Trina Schart Hyman. 


This classic picture book is a perfect Hanukkah gift and a wonderful read-aloud.


Caldecott Honor Book

ALA Notable Children’s Book

NCTE Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts

A Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book

Colorado Children’s Book Award

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award

Series Overview:

About the Author

Eric A. Kimmel has published more than fifty children's books, many of which have won state awards and appeared on school and library recommended lists. He has won the National Jewish Book Award for numerous books, including Hanukkah Bear and The Mysterious Guest: A Sukkot Story, and the Sydney Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Author Residence: Portland, Oregon

One of the most distinguished and celebrated illustrators of her generation, Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) was awarded the Caldecott Medal for St. George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges, and Caldecott Honors for A Child's Calendar, by John Updike, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and Little Red Riding Hood. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in New Hampshire.

Illustrator Residence:New Hampshire

Illustrator Hometown:Philadelphia, PA

Format: Hardcover

Length: 32 pages

Publisher: Holiday House

Publication Date: September 13, 2022

ISBN: 9780823452552

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