Featured books by Eric Kimmel

Anansi Goes Fishing

By: Eric Kimmel
Illustrated by: Janet Stevens
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

Anansi is a known charlatan, so he gets little sympathy when Turtle eats all of the fish that Anansi has learned to catch. But the reader knows that the trickster has not really learned a lesson! Sly humor abounds in both text and image in this lively retelling.

Anansi's Party Time

By: Eric Kimmel
Illustrated by: Janet Stevens
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

Anansi is a trickster so when he invites Turtle to a party it is, of course, a scam. But turnabout is fair play, and so Anansi gets his comeuppance. Humor abounds in the energetic, droll illustrations and contemporary retelling of this traditional tale.

Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year

By: Eric Kimmel
Illustrated by: Jon J Muth
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Selfish acts are little imps that can grow into bigger imps if one allows them to according to this Hasidic folktale. A baker must deal with his monsters as the Jewish New Year begins. Translucent illustrations depict the humor and horror as Gershon atones for his misdeeds.

Moby Dick: Chasing the Great White Whale

By: Eric Kimmel
Illustrated by: Andrew Glass
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Myths and Legends

Herman Melville's classic tale of the great white whale and the sea captain who sought him has been recast and simplified. The rhyming ballad is reminiscent of a sea chantey, capturing essential plot elements. Lush illustrations lighten the tone for young, contemporary readers.

The Gingerbread Man

By: Eric Kimmel
Illustrated by: Megan Lloyd
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales

Run, run, run just as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! After escaping the kitchen, the Gingerbread Man taunts a number of animals until he is eaten by a wily fox. But don’t worry about this Gingerbread Man, he'll come back when you make your own gingerbread cookies!

Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog

By: Eric Kimmel
Illustrated by: Janet Stevens
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction

Traction Man is back! In this adventure Traction Man takes on a compost heap, loses his trusty Scrubbing Brush, and meets Turbo Dog — all with tongue-in-cheek humor in both comic-strip-like illustrations and understated language.

Zigazak: A Magical Hanukkah Night

By: Eric Kimmel, Jon Goodell
Illustrated by: Jon Goodell, Eric Kimmel
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction

Is Hanukkah really all about dancing dreidels and high-flying latkes? Maybe not, but Eric Kimmel and Jon Goodell have put these devilish phenomena to good use in a lighthearted story that teaches Hanukkah traditions — from kazatzkas to gelt — along with a wise, timeless moral.

Books illustrated by Eric Kimmel

Zigazak: A Magical Hanukkah Night

By: Eric Kimmel, Jon Goodell
Illustrated by: Jon Goodell, Eric Kimmel
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction

Is Hanukkah really all about dancing dreidels and high-flying latkes? Maybe not, but Eric Kimmel and Jon Goodell have put these devilish phenomena to good use in a lighthearted story that teaches Hanukkah traditions — from kazatzkas to gelt — along with a wise, timeless moral.

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