Eric A. Kimmel has published more than fifty children's books, many of which have won state awards and appeared on school and library recommended lists. He has won the National Jewish Book Award for numerous books, including Hanukkah Bear and The Mysterious Guest: A Sukkot Story, and the Sydney Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
One of the most distinguished and celebrated illustrators of her generation, Trina Schart Hyman (1939-2004) was awarded the Caldecott Medal for St. George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges, and Caldecott Honors for A Child's Calendar, by John Updike, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and Little Red Riding Hood. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in New Hampshire.
"In this splendidly illustrated, humorous tale, Hershel outwits, one by one, eight fearsome goblins who not only haunt an old synagogue, but also have been forestalling Hanukkah in a nearby village . . . Rarely are author and illustrator so in tune."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Hyman is at her best with windswept landscapes, dark interiors,
close portraiture, and imaginatively wicked creatures. Both art and
history are charged with energy."--The Bulletin of the Center for
Children's Books "This is a story whose essentials--cleverness,
bravery, and otherworldly happenings-- always attract
readers."--Booklist "This original story in the tradition of
Yiddish tales about Hershel Ostropolier is welcome as a Hanukkah
story and as a trickster tale. . . . Hyman's illustrations capture
Hershel's humor and earthy, peasant quality."--The Horn Book
"Caldecott Medalist Trina Schart Hyman provides wonderfully creepy
art for Eric Kimmel's Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, a
triumphant tale of goblins outwitted and faith