Review: Happy Llamakkah!
Happy Llamakkah! by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Lydia Nichols
Llamas started showing up on goofy Hanukkah sweaters, t-shirts, greeting cards, wrapping paper and more since as early as 2016 so it was only a matter of time before someone turned the catch phrase "Happy Llamakkah!” into a children’s book. With a simple rhyming text, a family of llamas and their friends light the menorah, spin the dreidel, fry latkes, sing songs, and eat donuts and chocolate gelt. Adorable, bright, festive illustrations depicting a multi-generational llama family add to the fun and a rather comprehensive author’s note adds value to this quirky, gimmicky addition to the “animals celebrating Hanukkah” canon that began in 1988 with Jane Breskin Zalben’s bears (Beni's First Chanukah), rabbits (Hanukkah Delight! by Leslea Newman, illustrated by Amy Husband, and Hoppy Hanukkah! by Linda Glaser, illustrated by Daniel Howarth), gorillas (Esther's Hanukkah Disaster by Jane Sutton, illustrated by Andy Rowland), mice (The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll, illustrated by Michelle Shapiro, Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan L. Roth, and several others), and even dinosaurs (How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague and Dinosaur on Hanukkah by Diane Levin Rauchwerger, illustrated by Jason Wolff) all celebrate Hanukkah so, why not llamas?
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