Shabbat Hiccups

Tracy Newman (Author) Ilana Exelby (Illustrator)


Jonah loves Shabbat. But this week, as he helps his family set the table for dinner, something unexpected happens: he gets the hiccups! His sister, grandma, mom, cousin, and dad all suggest remedies, but no matter what Jonah does--eat sugar, hold his breath, have someone shout, "Boo!"--those hiccups simply won't go away. Will his uncontrollable hiccups disrupt the festivities?

Product Details

Albert Whitman & Company
Publish Date
March 01, 2016
8.1 X 0.4 X 10.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Tracy Newman is the author of several children's books, including Uncle Eli's Wedding. Her writing inspiration comes from her daily adventures raising her children. She lives with her family and two cats in coastal New England. Working primarily in gouache, Ilana Exelby's illustrations are fun and bright with quirky characters and scenarios that people of all ages can relate to. Ilana has a degree in illustration from the University of Lincoln and is from the UK.


"The story's arc nicely folds in all the elements and practice of the weekly Shabbat celebration while maintaining a slightly understated air of amusing angst. In addition, the inclusion of the traditional Havdalah at sundown to bring the daylong observance to an end is effortlessly described, creating a complete picture for the weekly ritual. A pleasantly satisfying modern addition to the collection." Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2016
"The charming, colorful gouache illustrations perfectly complement the text and beautifully depict a warm and loving family. A fresh, new offering for libraries serving large Jewish populations." School Library Journal, March 1, 2016