Golem (Caldecott Medal Book) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 42 user ratings

" I read this as a young girl and it made a very deep impression. A masterfully told and ultimately bittersweet story about ethics and what it means to be human. " said.

"The plot in the story “Golem” by David Wisniewski is about a man who was shaped out of clay by a Rabbi and then the Rabbi brought him to life. The Golem was to vanquish those who persecuted the Jews of Prague and then was later turn back into clay at the end of the story. I particularly don’t know how to rate this book because I loved the artwork, but disliked the storyline. The illustrations in this book were very dark and mysterious which went along with the plot perfectly. Also, the picture colors changed to a dramatic fire orange and red as the Golem wounded those who persecuted the Jews. All in all the illustrations were stunning to me as a reader! However in my opinion the storyline was directed towards an adult audience and was pretty scary. I feel like Golem would not be appropriate for younger readers." said.

" Beautiful cut-paper illustrations, a solid and concise story (probably best for 5-8 year-old children), and a nice 11-paragraph note at the end about the Golem legend within the context of Kabbalah and in connection with Rabbit Loew ben Bezalel. Best line was the Rabbi's: "Would a people who celebrate the end of their own slavery wish to inflict slavery on others?" If you're not Jewish or interested in the legend of the Golem, at least check this one out for the incredible papercutting! " said.

" The artwork is beautiful, the story a bit too profound for a picture book. Still, a must read for anyone who is interested in the history of Jews in Europe. 1997 Caldecott Medal Winner " said.

" Unique illustrations and story. I was kind of sad the ending ended how it did. Perhaps a Golem Returns sequel (hint hint Wisniewski) can redeem it. My husband read this book to me with a Rabi voice so that might have made me love it more. " said.

" The illustrations in this book are INSANE. Honestly, maybe the most impressive pictures I've ever seen in a children's book. The story is very interesting, and there is an excellent source note in the back of the book. But the pictures will leave you in awe. " said.

" I rarely give a book 5 stars, but this one deserves it. The unique story, fully-formed characters and the twists and turns of the plot make for an incredible book. I love a book that makes you think about your own life while immersed in the characters' lives. I highly recommend this one. " said.

" My class of 1-3 graders read and studied Golem this week. The story is set in the late 16th century when Jews in Prague were being persecuted and forced to live in a walled ghetto. A golem was created out of clay to protect the Jews. This story opened up some great dialogue in class about humanity. The illustrations are amazing. " said.

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