It is 1595, and the rabbi’s son Jacob is frustrated with having to live in the walled ghetto known as Jewish Town. Why can’t he venture outside of the gates and explore the beautiful city? His father warns him that Passover is a dangerous time to be a Jew and that the people from outside accuse the Jews of dreadful deeds. But one night, Jacob follows his father and two companions as they unlock the ghetto gates and proceed to the river, where they mold a human shape from the mud of the riverbank. When the rabbi speaks strange words, the shape is infused with life and the Golem of Prague is born.
In this breathtaking retelling of a timeless tale, Irene N. Watts’s beautiful words are complemented by the haunting black-and-white images of artist Kathryn E. Shoemaker.
About Irene N.Watts
Born in Berlin, Germany, Tundra author IRENE N.WATTS is a writer and playwright who has worked throughout Canada and Europe. She is a life member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and her play “Lillie” based on her novel,
Flower, was awarded first prize in UNESCO’s Biennial Playwriting Award. Watts’s three award-winning novels, Good-bye Marianne, Finding Sophie, and Remember Me, have all been published in the United Kingdom and translated into Italian. Irene N. Watts lives by the ocean in Vancouver, BC. She is currently working with Kathryn E. Shoemaker on turning Remember Me — the next book documenting the events of the Kindertransporte — into graphic novel form.
About Kathryn E. Shoemaker
Tundra’s KATHRYN E. SHOEMAKER is the illustrator of over thirty books for children and the author of four books for teachers. She has been the recipient of many awards. She has worked as an art teacher, curriculum specialist, filmmaker, and as an exhibit/display/event designer. Her work ranges from books, filmstrips, and greeting cards, to posters, calendars, and illustrations and articles for magazines. Her paintings, prints, illustrations, and multimedia creations are in public and private collections around the world. She is currently working on her doctorate in Language and Literacy.
Praise for Good-Bye Marianne: The Graphic Novel:
“Shoemaker’s style is gentle, quiet, shaded, and soft-edged. She filters the horrors, thus allowing some access to this world to quite young readers…. The particular appeal of Marianne’s story is that the ordinary woes of childhood — loneliness, boredom, betrayal by a friend — are in the foreground. In its graphic novel incarnation, the story retains this familiarity and welcomes a new crop of readers.”
— Quill & Quire