This book was VERY obviously a book by Snicket. Even if his name wasn't on the cover, you could have easily guessed that it was him. There was a lot of sarcastically defining things that you obviously knew the definition to (much like his Unfortunate Events books.)
In fact, there was just a lot of sarcasm in general. Such as, he kept referring to it as a "Christmas Story", but pretty much told you all about Hanukkah and not a lot about Christmas. Which I thought was fun. And the illustrations were also really good. It honestly reminded me of the little towns that my mom puts underneath the Christmas tree every year.
I am not a huge fan of Snicket, but I did like this book and I am always supportive of authors who remind us that Hanukkah is a holiday too and that it's not all about Christmas.
I love Hanukkah. I love latkes and my future father-in-law's brisket and the songs and the story and everything. And now, I love this book, too.
I think Lemony Snicket is hilarious (not in a laugh-out-loud kind of way, but a subtle, English, "you should read this, it's funny" kind of way). And this book was everything I expected from him and then some.
Without giving it all away, we have a latke who, upon feeling the scalding oil he is to be cooked in, hops out of the pan and runs away, encountering numerous symbols of Christmas. It's weird, it's funny, and it appeals to both children and adults. It's a shame I've already started on Christmas presents for all my friends and family, because I would rather go to Barnes & Noble and buy 30 copies of this book to give out.