Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)
The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol by Arthur A. Levine
Add The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol to bookshelf
Add to Bookshelf

The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol

Best Seller
The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol by Arthur A. Levine
Hardcover $19.99
Sep 08, 2020 | ISBN 9780763697419

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (1) +
  • Sep 26, 2023 | ISBN 9781536233261 | 5-8 years

    Preorder from:

  • Sep 08, 2020 | ISBN 9780763697419 | 5-8 years

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Product Details


Hawkes uses richly textured acrylic paints and eye-popping swirls of gold to create illustrations that are at once grounded and otherworldly…A new, entertaining, and thoughtful addition to the Hanukkah canon.
—Kirkus Reviews

The giant spirit Nate Gadol is larger than life in every sense of the word; his last name even means big! His name is also a playful take on the phrase associated with the Hanukkah spinning top, or dreidel…readers will be charmed by the book’s mythological feeling, which is enhanced by Hawkes’ painterly illustrations.

Hanukkah isn’t Jewish Christmas, so why do some American Jewish kids get presents for the holiday? Levine answers by creating a new mythic character, “great big spirit” Nate Gadol, whose name recalls the first half of the sentence symbolized by the letters on the dreidel: nes gadol hayah sham (“a great miracle happened there”). Drawn by Hawkes as radiantly dashing in a Revolutionary War–era waistcoat, Nate has a special talent: as an answer to prayer, “He made things last as long as they needed to.” … this visually stunning “supplementary mythology,” as Levine writes in an author’s note, seeks to “enhance our experience without changing the religious observance and meaning of Jewish holidays.”
—Publishers Weekly

Mr. Hawkes’s pictures for this inviting tale have sweep and warmth, with rich coloring and touches of gold that give even scenes of chilly privation a sumptuous appearance. In an afterword, Mr. Levine writes of his desire to expand the ‘wonderful supplementary mythology’ of stories connected with the celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah. It is an ambition achieved in this delightful book.
—The Wall Street Journal

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Get the latest updates about Arthur A. Levine
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
By clicking “SIGN UP”, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and understand that Penguin Random House collects certain categories of personal information for the purposes listed in that policy, discloses, sells, or shares certain personal information and retains personal information in accordance with the policy. You can opt-out of the sale or sharing of personal information anytime.
Something awesome is on its way.
Back to Top