Editorial Review

AJL Newsletter

Cover: The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street

“Reader alert! This reviewer is very fond of cats; so, she was ready to like this book almost sight unseen. Luckily, this whimsical picture book is a delight. Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv is full of cats of every shape, size, and color but Mr. Modiano, a grumpy fishmonger, dislikes cats. However, Mrs. Spiegel, his neighbor in the apartment building, loves cats, especially her little grey cat with a pink collar. Mrs. Spiegel wants to be friends with Mr. Modiano, but he always says, ‘Lo, lo, lo,’ to every invitation for a cup of tea. One night, Mrs. Spiegel’s cat goes missing. Who saves the day? Mr. Modiano, of course! The book ends in a satisfying way that is sure to please children and adults alike. With its strong verbs and good humor, The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street presents a vibrant picture of life in present-day Israel. Carabelli’s illustrations in pen, color pencils, and watercolor capture the personalities of the characters, both human and feline, as well as the lively streets of Tel Aviv. Most good picture books can be read on different levels. The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street is about more than cats. It’s about friendship, helping each other, and taking a chance. Recommended for home and school libraries, and especially for cat lovers.”—AJL Newsletter

Products Reviewed

The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street
  • Available in limited formats
  • Soon! Spring 2021
  • New! Fall 2020
  • New! Spring 2020

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