Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins Review (Holiday House)

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
What It Is

In Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Hershel is a wanderer who approaches a village on the first night of Hanukkah expecting to see warm lights in every window. But, the village is dark for fear of wicked goblins that destroy every candle and celebration each year. The goblins' power will be broken if someone can light a candle and keep it lit throughout all eight nights of Hanukkah. Hershel is a crafty fellow and takes it upon himself to outsmart the goblins. And outsmart them he does, night after night, until he meets the biggest, meanest goblin of all on the eighth night. Will Hershel be able to defeat the beast and restore the village's Hanukkah celebration?

Is It Fun?

This version marks the 25th anniversary edition of this holiday classic. Hershel's story is fantastic and one that can be enjoyed by all, regardless of what holiday they celebrate. The illustrations set the perfect tone for the story but are a bit dark and can be frightening for kids under the publisher's recommend age of 4.

Who It’s For

This book is for ages 4-94.

What To Be Aware Of

The title is available in paperback, e-book, and hardcover.

  • Quality

  • Read-it-Again Score

  • Fun-and-Learning

  • Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins published by Holiday House
  • Written by: Eric Kimmel
  • Illustrated by: Trina Schart Hyman
  • We recommend this book for kids ages 4 and up