Spring 2020

Clarence's Topsy-Turvy Shabbat

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Is Clarence confused and will he create chaos on Shabbat? His special Shabbat challah recipe calls for flour, oil, honey, yeast and water, and his neighbors eagerly await their loaves. But instead he gathers a silly assortment of things. How will he bake his challah?

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$17.99 $13.49
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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Copyright 2020
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2020-04-07
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017090, JUV033020, JUV019000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 520
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

Author: Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod
Illustrator: Jennie Poh Review Issue Date: January 15, 2020
Online Publish Date: December 22, 2019
Pages: 24
Price ( Hardcover ): $17.99
Price ( Paperback ): $7.99
Publication Date: April 7, 2020
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-5415-4242-6
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-1-5415-4243-3
Category: Fiction Clarence the raccoon might be the anti-Amelia Bedelia.There’s a long tradition of lovable fools, like Amelia Bedelia and Lazy Jack, who are so sweet that everyone adores them even when they get things hopelessly mixed up. When Amelia Bedelia dresses a chicken, it ends up wearing a charming outfit, and, in this picture book, Clarence seems to follow the same school of thought. When he’s baking challah bread for the Jewish Sabbath, he comes home with a bunny instead of honey and a beast instead of yeast. But Clarence is much more cunning than his progenitors. The animals turn out to be a fantastic baking team. The beast, for example, is an “absolutely terrific” kneader. Almost every page of the book has an unexpected twist, and the surprises are more satisfying than the actual jokes. The low point is when Clarence picks up soil instead of oil. Even the narrator often seems surprised, with comments like, “Seriously, Clarence? WHAT are you thinking?” If those exclamations are a little too intrusive, the surprises in the artwork are wonderfully nontraditional. They reverse the usual big-head, big-eyes style of cartooning. Most of the animals have long, lanky bodies and pinprick eyes. But the best surprise is what a joyful found family the animals make at Shabbat dinner.Jaded readers will love this crafty twist on the holy fool. (Picture book. 3-8)

Illustrator: Jennie Poh

Jennie Poh was born in England and grew up in Malaysia. She studied Fine Art at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design as well as Fashion Illustration at Central St. Martins. She lives in Surrey, England.

Author: Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod

Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod lives in northern Israel with her family. Her previous book, Yossi and the Monkeys, has become a Shavuot favorite.