Review: Mr. Mintz's Blintzes

 Mr. Mintz's Blintzes

by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Esther Hernando

Apples & Honey Press (imprint of Behrman House)

Category: Picture Books
Reviewer: Linda Elovitz Marshall
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Cool, young Mr. Mintz is exactly the kind of neighbor anyone would want. He’s friendly, remembers birthdays, helps shovel snow, and is an amazing cook who prepares food for all the neighbors. And every Shavuot, Mr. Mintz makes the world’s best blintzes…until the day that – Oops! Mr. Mintz slips and (gasp!) is out of commission. So, guess what the neighbors do? This is a heartwarming story about a kindly neighbor who fills the world with chesed, augmented by Esther Hernando’s adorable, cartoon-like illustrations that depict a diverse group of neighbors. It's accessible and easy to read, with delightful language that begs to be read aloud over and over. It's like a mash-up of A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Grandma Rose's Magic.

Many Jewish values are contained in this delightful book: visiting the sick, chesed, friendliness/kindness to strangers. The illustrations reflect a diverse community, including people of  different ages as well as differing hair/skin tones, body shapes, and abilities. Definitely a book for every library. With a recipe at the end for blintzes, this book is a must for every kitchen, too!

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Reviewer Linda Elovitz Marshall, award-winning author of almost two dozen fiction and non-fiction picture books, has received Sydney Taylor Notable awards for "The Passover Lamb" (Random House) and "The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine" (Knopf Books for Young Readers). Former preschool teacher, parenting educator, and bookstore owner, she is all-but-dissertation for her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology. Linda and her husband raised four children and a small flock of sheep in New York's Hudson River Valley. They now divide their time between NYC, the Adirondacks, and family visits. Linda enjoys swimming and eating ice cream.


  1. I have to read this book. It sounds like so much fun. And I love both A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Grandma Rose's Magic---and of course, blintzes, though I don't think I'll ever change my mom's recipe! Thanks for the great review, Linda.

  2. I haven't read this yet but it sounds similar to The Cholent Brigade, written by Michael Herman and illustrated by Sharon Harmer but with a Shavuot twist.


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