Esther's Hanukkah Disaster

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

It’s hard to pick the perfect gift, and Esther the Gorilla’s choices seem all wrong at first. But it all gets sorted out when she invites her animal friends to a joyful Hanukkah party.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2013-08-01
BISACS JUV017110, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.375 x 8.875
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed


Feathered Quill

“Young readers are sure to laugh at the zany, near disastrous Hanukkah shopping experience of Esther, the purple gorilla!” — Feathered Quill

The Horn Book Magazine

“Esther, a purple gorilla, tries to be a good friend for Hanukkah, but the gifts she picks out are all spectacular failures, from huge socks for her diminutive monkey pal, Sarah, to a jogging suit for slow turtle Josephine. Esther feels terrible – until on the last night of Hanukkah she throws a party at which everyone swaps his or her earlier present for one that suits them perfectly. Vivid mixed-media illustrations filled with amusing details (see the shopping list on Esther’s fridge) accompany this silly and engaging story.” — The Horn Book Magazine

Publishers Weekly

“In this adorable and brightly illustrated Hanukkah story from Sutton (Don’t Call Me Sidney) and Rowland (Little Nelly’s Big Book), Esther the gorilla joyfully sets out to the Jungle Store to get everything she needs to give Hanukkah presents to her friends. She happily chooses the gifts, but as she hands them out to her monkey, elephant, hyena, turtle, and zebra pals, Esther realizes that her gifts may not have been as perfectly thought-out as she had hoped (such as the jogging suit she purchases for the turtle). Esther’s innocent mistakes and her ingenious solution will prompt laughter. Ages 4–9. (Sept.)” — Publisher’s Weekly

Author: Jane Sutton

Jane Sutton grew up in Rosyln, New York, where she began writing stories and poems at a young age. Jane is also a writing tutor and teaches a community education class for adults about how to write for kids. She, her husband, and her grown children live in the Boston area.

Illustrator: Andy Rowland

While studying for a degree in Manchester, Andy Rowland accepted his first drawing award, the MacMillan Children's Book Prize. Years later, he has more than twenty published books to his name. He lives in England.