Golem of Prague, The Share this with a friend

by Irène Cohen-Janca
illustrated by Maurizio A.C. Quarello

Who can stop the Golem from destroying the world?

The legend of the Golem dates back to the 1500s when the Jews of Prague were being viciously persecuted. Their spiritual leader, Rabbi Loew, also known as The Maharal of Prague, created a formidable creature out of clay whose mission it was to protect the Jews of the city.

This stunning picture book with its lyrical text and evocative illustrations retells the story of the Golem through the eyes of a young boy, Frantz. Despite warnings to never enter the attic in the synagogue, Frantz can’t resist its allure. There, he is transported back to the time when the Golem was created, and eventually destroyed. A blend of mysticism, the supernatural, and even romance makes this a haunting picture book for older children. Notes at the end of the book provide explanations of references that readers may not be familiar with.


“Strange and powerful.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/17

“Quarello’s atmospheric, shaded pencil drawings (some in color) depict Prague as both a realistic and magical place, and convey the tale’s eerie mood.”
—Booklist Online, 03/23/17

“Readers who enjoy gothic creepiness will be drawn in.”
—School Library Journal, 03/17

“Raises intriguing and unanswered questions about fate and love, faith and identity.”
—Horn Book Magazine, 07/17

“The story of the Golem, alongside the spectacular art by Italian award-winning artist Maurizio A. C. Quarello, serves its purpose of offering young readers a glimpse into the centuries-old Jewish folklore.”
—The Canadian Jewish News, 04/11/17

“A sweet, heart-warming story that was surprisingly moving.”
—The Reporter, Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton, 04/28/17

“Beautifully written with poetic language and a sense of horror and wonder.”
—Youth Services Book Review, 03/15/19


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