Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins is a classic children's picture book written by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman in 1989.[1][2] It features the prominent Jewish folk hero and trickster figure Hershel of Ostropol challenging and defeating through guile a series of goblins over the course of the eight nights of Hanukkah, culminating in a showdown with the King of the Goblins himself on the final night. The book won a Caldecott Honor in 1990.[3]

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
AuthorEric Kimmel, Trina Schart Hyman
CountryUnited States of America
PublisherHoliday House


  1. ^ Shannon Maughan (November 6, 2014). "A Haunting Anniversary: 'Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins' Turns 25". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Alexander Aciman (December 18, 2017). "'Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins' Is the True Story of Hanukkah". Tablet Magazine. Retrieved 2017-12-26.
  3. ^ "Children's Book Medals Awarded". The New York Times. January 10, 1990. p. 17. Retrieved November 6, 2010.