Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Missing Kiddush Cup

From the Series Pinky Bloom

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Fourth grader Penina—aka Pinky—is a Yankees fan, an older sister, and Brooklyn’s greatest kid detective. With the help of her pet cat DJ, her best pal Lucy Chang, and her little brother Avi, Pinky unravels a vexing mystery—what happened to the ancient Jewish Kiddush cup that went missing from a museum exhibit? Pinky and her team get to the bottom of things through a series of exciting and intriguing adventures.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS JUV033020, JUV028000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 670
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 197164
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Judy Press

Judy Press studied fine arts at Syracuse University and earned a masters in art education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the creator of a dozen award-winning children's art activity books and early reader chapter books. A grandmother to ten, Press lives in Pittsburgh.

Illustrator: Erica-Jane Waters

Originally from Ireland, Erica-Jane Waters credits her imagination to her childhood there and its wealth of folklore and fairy tales. She has been writing and illustrating children’s books for over twenty years and uses a mixture of traditional techniques and digital work to create her art. Waters lives in a 370-year-old, tumbledown cottage in deepest, darkest Northamptonshire in England with her husband and two children.


Jewish Book Council

“Penina ‘Pinky’ Bloom, a fourth grader at a Jewish day school, considers herself ‘the greatest kid detective in Brooklyn,’ and there are a few mysteries she needs to solve: Who is putting the Lotus Blossom Kosher Chinese Restaurant out of business? Why are they doing it? And who stole the Kiddush cup and Torah yad from the exhibit at the Jewish Museum?
A cast of supporting characters includes Pinky’s annoying younger brother, Avi; Joe, the waiter at the restaurant; Madame Olga, the neighborhood psychic; and the curator of the exhibit at the Jewish Museum.
Pinky is a systematic sleuth, listing her suspects and following up with careful detective work, leading to a successful outcome with all mysteries neatly solved. The story is quick, moving, and funny. For example, when Pinky enlists the psychic’s help, Madame Olga looks at her crystal ball only to state that it’s for tourists—then picks up her computer instead. Black and white drawings accompany the text.
Recommended for ages 8 to 12.” – Jewish Book Council

School Library Connection

“Strange things are happening at Lucy Chang’s family’s restaurant. False smoke alarms, mysterious noises, bad fortune cookies, and mice are driving customers away. Lucy desperately needs her best friend, Pinky Bloom, to solve this case before her parents sell the business and relocate the family. What does all of this have to do with an antique Kiddush cup that has gone missing from a museum exhibit? The answer begins to reveal itself when Pinky enlists the help of Madame Olga, Spiritual Advisor and Psychic to Famous People. Pinky Bloom is a welcome addition to the kid detective genre. The cast of supporting characters, especially her little brother, Avi, provide additional themes to explore. With clever writing, well developed characters, and quick action, this book will be a hit with young readers and their teachers.”
Highly Recommended
-Holly Whitt, Librarian, Walnut Grove Elementary, New Market, Alabama