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Annick Press Spring 2017

The Golem of Prague
By (author): Irène Cohen-Janca Illustrated by: Maurizio A.C. Quarello Translated by: Brigitte Waisberg
Irène Cohen-Janca ,

Illustrated by :

Maurizio A.C. Quarello ,

Translated by :

Brigitte Waisberg


Annick Press - Toronto



Product Form:



Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12
Mar 14, 2017
$24.95 CAD


10.5in x 8.25 x 0.28 in | 390 gr

Page Count:

52 pages
Annick Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Religious / Jewish
  • Short Description
This retelling of an ancient Jewish legend will capture a new audience with its powerful illustrations and timeless text.
This retelling of an ancient Jewish legend will capture a new audience with its powerful illustrations and timeless text. The legend of the Golem dates back to the 1500s when the Jews of Prague were being viciously persecuted. Their spiritual leader, Rabbi Loew, also known as The Maharal of Prague, created a formidable creature out of clay whose mission it was to protect the Jews of the city. This beautiful picture book with its lyrical text and evocative illustrations, retells the story of the Golem through the eyes of a young boy, Frantz. Despite warnings to never enter the attic in the synagogue, Frantz climbs up. There, he is transported back to the time when the Golem was created, and eventually destroyed. A blend of mysticism, the supernatural, and even romance makes this a haunting picture book for children ages 8 to 12.

- A traditional legend from Jewish folklore - Considered one of the first “horror” stories - Provided inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - Beautiful, moody watercolor illustrations - Picture book for older readers - An entry point for discussions about anti-Semitism, and racism in general - Notes at back give background and explain terms used in book - By the same team who created award-winning title Mister Doctor - 2002 book Golem by David Wisniewski won the Caldecott Award

Irène Cohen-Janca is a French author who has written many novels and picture books for children

Maurizio Quarello lives in Italy and has illustrated over thirty books. His previous collaboration resulted in multiple awards and has been translated into nine languages.

Brigitte Waisberg has worked in children`s book publishing since 1980. She has also translated books from French to English, including The Biggest Poutine in the World and The Golem of Prague. The Big Kid books are the first she has authored.

Mister Doctor, written and illustrated by the same team, received the following awards: USBBY’s Honor List of Outstanding International Books Sydney Taylor Book Award, Notable Book National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA), Bronze Independent Publishers Book Award, Gold Praise for Mister Doctor “Haunting and memorable.” —Kirkus Reviews, *starred review “The remarkable true story of Dr. Janusz Korczak is told through text and stunningly somber illustrations.” —Literacy Daily, International Reading Association “This sensitively written history … belongs in all Holocaust collections.” —Association of Jewish Libraries “Emotionally evocative and haunting illustrations enhance this beautiful book.” —Jewish Book Council, *starred review

“Raises intriguing and unanswered questions about fate and love, faith and identity.”

- Horn Book Magazine, 07/17

“The story of the Golem, alongside the spectacular art by Italian award-winning artist Maurizio A. C. Quarello, serves its purpose of offering young readers a glimpse into the centuries-old Jewish folklore.”

- The Canadian Jewish News, 04/11/17

“A sweet, heart-warming story that was surprisingly moving.”

- The Reporter, 04/28/17

“Strange and powerful.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/17

“Quarello’s atmospheric, shaded pencil drawings (some in color) depict Prague as both a realistic and magical place, and convey the tale’s eerie mood.”

- Booklist, 03/23/17

“Readers who enjoy gothic creepiness will be drawn in.”

- School Library Journal, 03/01/17

“Beautifully written with poetic language and a sense of horror and wonder.”

- Youth Services Book Review, 03/15/19

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