Archive for December, 2006

NPR Names Shlemiel Crooks Recommended Holiday Book

Monday, December 18th, 2006 by Brian Seidman

Noted children’s book reviewer Daniel Pinkwater called NewSouth’s Shlemiel Crooks a hilarious book during NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday on December 16, 2006. In a conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon, Pinkwater included Shlemiel Crooks as one of only seven of his recommended 2006 holiday books. Listen to the full segment at

Based on a true story, Shlemiel Crooks is an imaginative introduction for young children to the history of Passover, as Pharaoh and a town of Jewish immigrants play tug-of-war with wine made from grapes left over from the exodus from Egypt. In its Yiddish-inflected English, punctuated by amusing curses, young readers hear the language of a Jewish community of another time, while delighting to brilliant illustrations on every page, making this a perfect present for both Passover and Hanukkah. No other childrens book has Pharaohs ghost coming back to pull one over on the Jews, nosy neighbors making a shtuss outside, and a talking horse that sounds like it has a little indigestion!

Shlemiel Crooks is a 2006 Sydney Taylor Honor Book and a 2006 Koret International Jewish Book Award Finalist. To order the book, visit,, or your favorite local or online book retailer.

Junebug Books Releases Thrilling Longleaf Mystery

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 by Brian Seidman

Junebug Books is pleased to announce the release of Longleaf by Roger Reid. Longleaf tells the story of fourteen year-old Jason Caldwell and his forest-smart friend Leah as they try to survive a harrowing night in the Conecuh National Forest. Filled with factual information about the Alabama ecosystem, Longleaf is both an important learning tool and an exciting young adult adventure.

And for taking Longleaf on those deep nature hikes, Longleaf has been simultaneously released in Adobe Reader ebook format. The Longleaf ebook contains the full text of the book, as well as coupons and links to dynamic Longleaf web extras.

Longleaf is available now from NewSouth Books, and other online and local book retailers.