The story I wrote is called “The Dreidel Thief”! In it, Allison plays detective as she tries to find out who took her family’s dreidel. Will she solve this mystery? Download the story or purchase the story card to find out!
Here’s Yoto’s official description of the 5-Minute Holiday Stories collection:
Marvel at the magic of the holiday season in these five stories about winter celebrations: Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s.
Experience the magic of the season with our heartwarming collection of winter holiday stories: help twins Gautam and Trevir choose the perfect Diwali gift for their Dadima, join Detective Allison as she hunts for the thief who took her family’s dreidel, find a last-minute Christmas tree on Christmas Eve with Bif the Bear, go on a Kwanzaa-themed scavenger hunt with Tia and Tyreke, and help Bella the New Year’s Eve ball countdown to the New Year!,,These stories are guaranteed to fill your heart with the spirit of the winter holidays.
Written by Joe Vitale, Taeryn Booker, Arie Kaplan, and Sanjeev Sirpal
But wait, there’s more…
I have also written two Christmas-themed children’s books, both of which came out earlier this year. The first one is The Gremlins Little Golden Book, which was illustrated by Meg Dunn. It’s out now from Penguin Random House. As you may have guessed, The Gremlins LGB is an adaptation of the classic 1984 film Gremlins.
And the second one is The Nightmare Before Christmas Paper Models Book, which is out now from Thunder Bay Press. This book is filled with behind-the-scenes anecdotes and trivia about the making of the classic 1993 movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.
You know what? It’s Hanukkah! So I figured I’d talk about Hanukkah! No, not Hanukkah the holiday; Hanukkah the MOVIE. See, there’s a horror film that came out a few years ago called Hanukkah. It’s a slasher movie about Hanukkah, and they decided to CALL the movie Hanukkah. Which is a terrible title for a Hanukkah-themed horror movie. It’s so unimaginative! I mean, couldn’t they come up with a better title than…Hanukkah? It doesn’t even SOUND like a horror movie title.
I know that some of you reading this might be thinking, “Oh yeah, Arie? You think you can do any better? You think YOU can come up with a better title?”
And here’s my answer: Challenge accepted! I decided to come up with a list of BETTER titles for a Hanukkah-themed horror movie. I gave myself a few minutes to accomplish the task, and here are the titles I came up with:
Dreidel Dreidel Dreidel, I Made You Out of SLAY
Fried-Dough the 13th
Mr. President, Those Latkes Are Alive!
Gelt By Association
Killer Kleins from Outer Space
A Great Miracle Happened SCARE!
Macca-Beat You To Death
Jelly Donuts from Hell!
The Discount Pair of Men’s Slacks That Wouldn’t Die
Death Dreidels: Dreidels of Death
The House of Wax…Menorah Candles
Tales from the Dark Sidelman
Catskills Resort Massacre
The Wrath of Cohen
There. ANY of those are a better title than Hanukkah. So if you’re reading this and you’re a film producer, and you want me to write a Hanukkah-themed horror screenplay to go with any of the above titles, you know where to find me. (Um, via the “Contact” page of this website. Or just email me at email@example.com That’s where you can find me.)