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The Klezmer Bunch
Written and Illustrated by Amalia Hoffman
Gefen Kidz Books
: Jerusalem and New York, (2009)
ISBN: 978-965-229-447-0

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - March 16, 2009

The Klezmer Bunch, a musical group, is on its way to Tarnopolska to play a gig at a wedding. The four members of the Klezmer Bunch are Roysaleh, Feyfaleh, Yoshe, and Moyshe. To transport their instruments from their home in Stanislavka to far off Tarnopolska, the four members of the Klezmer Bunch commandeer an old baby carriage. A carriage that just happens to have a mind of its own and which is not only big enough to carry their instruments, but Masha, Moyshe's goat, as well! This is just the beginning of the adventures that await these traveling musicians as they heed the call to play Klezmer music at the most joyous of events.

The Klezmer Bunch is a spirited and engaging story that was written and illustrated by Amalia Hoffman. The illustrations in this book are as fun to look at as the story is to read, and kids of all ages will delight in studying the illustrations in order to tease out all the unique elements that are hidden within the pictures from musical notes to a host of engaging creatures. Although technically a 'kids' book, the story and the lively illustrations in this book will delight readers of all ages, and the snappy story line captures the essence of Klezmer music and will be a pleasure to read - over and over again - to the pre-readers in your family.

The Klezmer Bunch will not only introduce young readers to the joy and vibrancy of Klezmer music, but also to a unique element of Jewish culture and history. I highly recommend The Klezmer Bunch to not only young readers, but also to the entire family who will enjoy the book's dynamic illustrations and its witty and informative story line!


Amalia Hoffman is a respected author, illustrator, and storyteller who was the First Place recipient of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators 2005 Portfolio award in the category of Science Fiction/Fantasy. She is also the author and illustrator of Purim Goodies, as well as the illustrator for Jacques J. M. Shore's book, Friday Night with the Pope. To learn about Ms. Hoffman and her numerous creative endeavors, be sure to visit her website at: www.amaliahoffman.com.


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