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The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol

By Arthur A. Levine
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

From an imaginative team come a new larger-than-life holiday hero who brings Hanukkah wonder and generosity to anyone in need!

Nate Gadol is a great big spirit with eyes as shiny as golden coins and a smile that is lantern bright. He can make anything last as long as it is needed, like a tiny bit of oil that must stretch for eight nights, a flower that needs to stay fresh to cheer up someone ailing, or a small lump of chocolate that grows to allow the Glasers to treat their children over the holiday and, during a harsh winter when medicine is needed more than sweets, spurs them to share what little they have with the O’Malleys. In this charming holiday hybrid story, well-known children’s author and editor Arthur A. Levine pairs with award-winning illustrator Kevin Hawkes to offer a mythical, magical take on the way Jewish families came to give and receive gifts over Hanukkah, just as their Christian neighbors do at Christmas, thanks to a loving spirit named Nate Gadol working behind the scenes—together with a certain jolly old soul.

  • A fun holiday fantasy from a well-regarded pillar of the children’s book industry whose personal experience at holiday time led to his inventing a magical, avuncular spirit who visits families in need – the wonderful Nate Gadol!
  • Set in historic late 19th century New York (which is when this tradition actually began), the tale is brought to life by our very own Kevin Hawkes, whose work has been called “lush” and “winsome” by PW and has many backlist classics on our list
  • Fun tip from the author's note: 'Nate Gadol' is a pun on the first two words on a dreidel, meaning "Big Miracle"

About the author

Arthur A. Levine has been a children’s book editor for more than thirty years. He is also the author of many acclaimed picture books for children, including What a Beautiful Morning, illustrated by Katie Kath, and The Very Beary Tooth Fairy, illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen. He had his own eponymous imprint at Scholastic Press and has published many of the most exceptional children’s titles of all time, including J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, and Peggy Rathmann’s Officer Buckle and Gloria.

About the illustrator

Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of many books for children, including the best-selling Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. Kevin Hawkes lives with his family in southern Maine.

ISBN: 9781406395556
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: November 5, 2020
Dimensions: 248 x 288mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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