As noted on Media Bistro, NewSouth children’s author Anna Olswanger recently had her award-winning book Shlemiel Crooks included on a shortlist of “The Best Passover Books for Children” by Flashlight Worthy, a website devoted to handpicking book recommendations on hundreds of topics.
From the review:
This off-beat and funny story — set in St. Louis in the early 1900s — is based on the author’s grandfather. It involves the attempted robbery of Reb Olschwanger’s saloon by two shlemiel crooks who are instigated by the ghost of Pharaoh and foiled by a talking horse and a neighborhood “shtuss.”
Flavored heavily with a Yiddish inflected narration and illustrated with earthy, heavily outlined linocuts, this gem of a story requires considerable practice before reading aloud… but it’s worth the effort.
Congratulations Anna on this noteworthy and timely selection.