cover image And a Cat from Carmel Market

And a Cat from Carmel Market

Alyssa Satin Capucilli, illus. by Rotem Teplow. Kar-Ben, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-5415-8670-3

Seeking groceries for Shabbat dinner, Bubbe, a white Jewish woman with teal spectacles and an eye-catching floral sweater, goes to Carmel Market in Tel Aviv, but she returns home with more than she bargained for in this rollicking adventure by Capucilli. Utilizing the refrain “...and a cat from Carmel Market,” Capucilli follows Bubbe through the open-air shuk in bouncy rhymes as she picks up challah, meat, produce, and more—including quite a few feline hangers-on (“In and out and all around,/ olives, chickpeas, mint she found./ A babka and a halvah treat/ ...and a cat from Carmel Market!”). Young readers will enjoy finding the myriad cats in Teplow’s softly colored digital illustrations, which feature a cast of characters with varying skin tones and hairstyles. An entertaining, family-centered read for young feline fanciers. Back matter includes a glossary. Ages 4–8. [em](Apr.) [/em]