Where Do Diggers Celebrate Hanukkah?

Random. (Where Do...Series). Sept. 2023. 22p. Board $8.99. ISBN 9780593646700.
PreS-K–The diggers and the rest of their friends are back, this time to celebrate Hanukkah. Each spread asks, in four lines of rhyming text, where a different vehicle celebrates Hanukkah, then replies with an answer in question form. “Where do diggers celebrate Hanukkah after digging rocks and soil? Does mom dig up the ancient jar that held the precious oil?” The text continues in this vein, mentioning all the salient Hanukkah traditions, including menorahs, dreidels, gelt, latkes, presents, and the story. It ends with all the trucks celebrating. On the final page, a child sleeps with the toy trucks in a bin. Oddly, on some pages the first line is truncated and skips the word, “Hanukkah,” which makes the flow and repetition awkward. The personified, google-eyed, brightly colored trucks inhabit the full-bleed spreads and provide interest and color. Backgrounds are engaging, and a little mouse, some cats, and a dog show up on several spreads.
VERDICT This does not explain the holiday but will delight vehicle fans. Buy where the series is popular or more simple Hanukkah books are needed for the truck-loving set.

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