Chik Chak Shabbat

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Celebrate Shabbat, community, and diverse traditions with this lyrical tale, illustrated with a lively and whimsical touch.

When Goldie Simcha doesn’t joyfully throw open her door to welcome everyone in to her apartment for a meal of her famous cholent, her neighbors wonder what could be wrong. Little Lali Omar knocks on the door to 5-A, only to learn that Goldie was feeling too sick on Friday to cook, and everyone knows you can’t make cholent in a hurry, right away, chik chak! But it just isn’t Shabbat without cholent. What can her neighbors do to save the day? In an uplifting story that warms more than your heart, Chik Chak Shabbat offers a cholent recipe that keeps Goldie’s sharing spirit alive. 

Mara Rockliff is the author of many books for children, including The Busiest Street in Town and Me and Momma and Big John, winner of the Golden Kite Award. Mara Rockliff lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.


Kyrsten Brooker is the illustrator of many award-winning books for children. She lives in Edmonton, Canada.

Rockliff’s lovely, unassuming story of tradition and multicultural community is smartly paired with Brooker’s oil and collages. At once homespun and stylish, the pictures speak to the possibilities for human connection in a modern, urban setting.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Delightful. ... As warm and comforting as a bowl of cholent, this does a fine job of showing how the American mosaic can also be a satisfying whole. Brooker’s illustrations, which are reminiscent of Gabi Swiatkowska’s work, are full of wit and emotion that bring the story alive.
—Booklist (starred review)

This charming story is a celebration of multicultural America and friendship. ... Brooker brings this sweet story to life with full-page, oil-painted, cartoon-style illustrations heavily detailed with clipped-out magazine photos: tableware; cleverly pieced patterned paper clothing; food and dishes. She has infused each character with distinct personality and presents them as a large, caring family, strengthened by their differences, enjoying the Sabbath together.
—School Library Journal

Brooker's oil paint and collage art presents a richly textured assortment of folk and apartments. A warm, cozy and loving depiction of shared culinary traditions around an inviting table.
—Kirkus Reviews

A warm and cheerful tale of multicultural togetherness centered on the ever-popular subject of food. Brooker’s combination of oil paint and collage evinces its usual tactile dimensionality, with touches of patterning balancing the robust cheer of her characters’ faces and the geometry of the apartment building’s architecture provid- ing structure and a bit of theatricality.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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