Review: Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Silent Shofar

Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Silent Shofar

by Judy Press, illustrated by Erica-Jane Waters

Kar-Ben Publishing (imprint of Lerner Publishing Group), 2022

Category: Middle Grade
Reviewer: Stacy Mozer

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Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Silent Shofar is the second Pinky Bloom book I have reviewed for this blog, and it's just as much fun as the first. It's about a Jewish Brooklynite girl named Pinky (short for Penina) who solves crimes with the help of her little brother Ari. This series continues to be a good example of this genre, with Pinky taking on pet sitting duties, mysterious goings on at the pet shop, and her dad's inexplicably silent shofar. It would definitely be enjoyed by 6-8 year olds who enjoy mystery series such as A to Z Mysteries, Cam Jansen mysteries, or Ballpark Mysteries.

This book has positive and authentic Jewish religious or cultural content and is appropriate for the intended grade level in style, vocabulary, format, and illustration. The Jewish content is woven in seamlessly. It's wonderful to see a series like this with Jewish content that could be found in any classroom library.
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Reviewer Stacy Mozer a veteran elementary school teacher, currently teaching third grade. In addition to being a teacher, she is a middle grade author and a book blogger.