Fall 2023

A Book about Bupkes

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

This is a book about bupkes: nothing, zero, zilch. Sometimes, though, what looks like nothing turns out to be the most important thing of all. An empty garden seems like nothing―bupkes! But it means that Zoe and her mom have taken a big basket of fresh veggies to their neighbor. An empty bench at the playground seems like nothing—bupkes! But Zoe has made a new friend and now no one needs to sit on the bench. An empty soup bowl seems like nothing―bupkes! But Zoe takes chicken soup to her sick mom and, after eating it, her mom feels better. The funny thing is that bupkes may mean nothing, but it can feel like everything.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2023
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV039220, JUV033020, JUV019000
Dewey 428.1
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary words bolded within text, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author: Leslie Kimmelman

Leslie Kimmelman is an award-winning author of dozens of books for children, both fiction and nonfiction. She lives in Ardsley, New York.

Illustrator: Roxana de Rond

Roxana de Rond has a passion for drawing. While completing her MA in Children's Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, she turned people-watching into stories told with just a few strokes of pen and ink and gouache. She lives in Cambridge, England.



“Nothing short of charming.”―Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Slice-of-life drawings and upbeat characters…assure readers that the world moves forward on even the smallest acts of kindness.”―Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“Thoughtful, tender, and charming. Definitely not bupkes.”―Kirkus Reviews

Association of Jewish Libraries

Bupkes means a lot more than nothing in this delightful picture book.”―Association of Jewish Libraries

Jewish Book Council

“Implies the per­for­mance of a mitz­vah in every scene. A Book About Bup­kes changes the famil­iar notion of bup­kes into some­thing tru­ly new.”―Jewish Book Council