The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol

It’s December! (How did that happen already?)
So it’s time to think about great new holiday books. One that caught my eye is THE HANUKKAH MAGIC OF NATE GADOL, by Arthur A. Levine, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

Arthur A. Levine, successful publisher and children’s book editor for over 30 years, has created a mythical, magical take on the way Jewish families came to give and receive Hanukkah gifts in this grand new picture book.

And it’s all thanks to a loving spirit named Nate Gadol working behind the scenes–together with a certain jolly old soul!

Levine’s story is true magic, while the sweeping illustrations by Kevin Hawkes sparkle (literally!) The lovely cover, and every gorgeous spread in the book, contain bits of gold overlay which highlights certain shimmering parts of the artwork.

THE HANUKKAH MAGIC OF NATE GADOL is a warm, wonderful tale which is sure to become a new holiday tradition for many families!

Suzanne Slade

Suzanne Slade is the author of more than 100 books. A mechanical engineer by degree, she enjoys writing about science topics and fascinating historical figures. Recent books include: SWISH! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters, A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon, The Daring Dozen, Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon, Astronaut Annie, Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, Dangerous Jane, The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue, The Inventor’s Secret, and Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks. Coming soon -- MARS IS, JUNE ALMEIDA VIRUS DETECTIVE! THE WOMAN WHO DISCOVERED THE FIRST HUMAN CORONAVIRUS, THE UNIVERSE AND YOU, and TBA titles from Calkins Creek, Peachtree, and Random House. Learn more about Suzanne and her books at:


  1. I love a bit of holiday magic. Such gorgeous illustrations!

  2. Thanks for sharing this magical book.

  3. Sure to become a favorite with its lush illustrations and lively story.

  4. I love holiday books. This one has beautiful illustrations too.

  5. Love the creativity! And the sparkle. Love all things sparkly!

  6. It looks beautiful!

  7. We bought this a few weeks ago. It is wonderful. I like that the Author was trying to add to the small but growing collection of Chanukah books and that he was aiming to explain gift giving on Chanukah in the US. From what I have interpreted, hopefully right, is that Nate is Strictly a Chanukah character. I wonder where he goes the rest of the year? Also it seems like Nate answers people’s prayers, but they aren’t aware of his existence, I like that. I want more stories with Nate. My family adopted this book immediately, and after one reading, we were already wishing for more coffee, more shampoo, more t.p…..but that is because we “hope” he’s out there, which isn’t how it’s supposed to work. Nevertheless, we have said “We need Nate Gadol” three times since buying 2 wks ago.

    The thing that resonated the most with me was the Author’s note. I got to see many of my own experiences reflected in his notes sharing his childhood. I got some history lessons, & got to experience a new Chanukah book, which is a big deal in our family and extended family.

    This book adds to Jewish Mythology, and adds an extra special sparkle (illustrations are A-MAZ-ING) to the Holiday Season. AnnieBirdd Music, LLC rates this Chamesh (5) Candles out of Five!

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