Review! Chik Chak Shabbat by Mara Rocklif

The elves at my blog seem to have stolen the post from yesterday (okay, I got really busy and I completely forgot to post this review). So – better late than never!

This is a great picture book I picked up at the Litiz Kid and Teen Literature Festival I went to last month. I met the author, Mara Rockliff there and I am happy I got her book Chik Chak Shabbat!

chickchakChik Chak Shabbat
By Mara Rockliff
Illustrations by Kristen Brooker
32 pages – ages PreK+
Published by Candlewick on September 3, 2014

Theme/Topic- Shabbat/diversity/friends

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “Every Saturday, a wonderful smell wafted from apartment 5-A.

Synopsis – Amazon’s Description: “When Goldie Simcha doesn’t joyfully throw open her door to welcome everyone in to her apartment for a meal of her famous cholent, her neighbors wonder what could be wrong. Little Lali Omar knocks on the door to 5-A, only to learn that Goldie was feeling too sick on Friday to cook, and everyone knows you can’t make cholent in a hurry, right away, chik chak! But it just isn’t Shabbat without cholent. What can her neighbors do to save the day?”

Why I liked this book- Ms. Rockliff has written a wonderful story about a lady celebrating the Jewish Sabbath. The story doesn’t focus on religion but rather tradition, making friends and sharing a meal. It is a beautiful story, one that gives you a nice feeling inside. The illustrations are gorgeous, and really lend to the story. They portray the feelings of all of the characters realistically. This story is one of friendship, and of a caring community. I really like it. The book explains what cholent is and there even is a recipe in the back of the book to make it. This is a great choice for Hanukkah or just a wonderful book about tradition and community.

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This book was nominated as a Perfect Picture Book (if it wasn’t already, I’d be doing it again 😉 ) over at Sally’s Bookshelf – click HERE to read it. To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!




Categories: Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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20 replies

  1. I love that this picture book comes with a recipe! My kids love Jewish food!

  2. It looks lovely and a lovely way to introduce some of us who haven’t eaten much Jewish food to its delights!

  3. I’m gah-gah over that title! On my list!

  4. Now I’m really curious to learn more about cholent! I’ll be interviewing Mara about her latest book, Gingerbread for Liberty, in January. 🙂

  5. Cute book and I love the theme!

  6. Mara Rockliff wrote one of my favorite picture books: THE GRUDGE KEEPER, so I expect this to be good, too! 🙂 Thanks for the review, Erik 😀

  7. Mmmm. This book looks yummy! I bet it even smells nice!

  8. Great review. This sounds like such a wonderful book about Jewish foods and traditions!

  9. We love tradition! Thanks for sharing what looks to be a great book about community!

  10. What a great idea for a book. It looks educational while being entertaining.


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