Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary author
  Eight Wild Nights: A Family's Hanukkah Tale
written by Brian P. Cleary
illus. by David Udovic
KarBen Publishing / Lerner
  kindergarten to grade 3
Eight Wild Nights:
A Family's Hanukkah Tale

With humor and rhyme, a Jewish family celebrates and survives the eight days of Hanukkah. Every Jewish family will relate to this roller coaster of joys and adventures as an assortment of relatives and friends descends on the household.


“… the ties that bind in this rhyming story are more Seinfeldian in nature (‘We await the arrival/ Of eight days of guests/ Friends and family, and pests,/ Who will threaten our very survival’). Of course, it’s all in good fun-what kid wouldn’t want to dine out on stories of relatives like Grandpa Dave, ‘a prank-loving joker,’ who’s guaranteed to ‘hide the new dreidel/ ’neath the couch or the cradle.’” (Publishers Weekly)

“The amusing rhythmic text carries the action along from one crazy night to the next, supported by a busy cast of characters whose antics are illustrated on crowded spreads rich in color.” (School Library Journal)

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