Review: The Porridge Pot Goblin
The Porridge-Pot Goblin
by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Hector Borlasca
Apples & Honey Press (imprint of Behrman House), 2022
The story focuses on Shabbat preparations, and the chaos of the goblin’s mischief is contrasted to the peace and happiness of the Friday night meal, in a way that makes the atmosphere of Shabbat feel almost tangible. The well-written text and delightful illustrations work together to bring this fun, humorous story to life. It should be a strong contender for the Sydney Taylor Book Award.
Illustration Editor Dena Bach adds: The illustrator sets the story in a shtetl-like village with lively, off-kilter images reminiscent of an early Chagall painting. However, it is puzzling, after all the trouble the children went through to rescue the kiddush cup, that the traditional-looking family (with mezzuzot on all the doors!) is shown digging into their soup before saying the blessings over the wine and challah, as is the tradition, as evidenced by the full goblet and untouched loaves.
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