The Golem’s Latkes

Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Aaron Jasinski. Marshall Cavendish/Shofar, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7614-5904-0

The legendary golem—a lump of clay brought to life by Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel of Prague—again comes to life in this adaptation by Kimmel (Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins), who infuses it with a good touch of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. One day when Rabbi Judah needs to meet with the emperor, he leaves his servant girl Basha to prepare the house for Hanukkah, with the assistance of the golem. The result is a town full of latkes, which can fuel a big Hanukkah party. Kimmel has the pacing of a comic, and the illustrations by Jasinski (The Heart’s Language) are richly detailed. A selection of the PJ Library. Ages 5–8. (Oct.)