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The Golem of Prague

The Golem of Prague

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.6.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10

Reading Level: Lexile 820L
Hardcover : 9781554518883, 56 pages, March 2017 , 10.5" x 8.25"


This retelling of an ancient Jewish legend will capture a new audience with its powerful illustrations and timeless text.

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 beautiful 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 climbs up. 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 children ages 8 to 12.


“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, 04/28/17

“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, 03/23/17

“Readers who enjoy gothic creepiness will be drawn in.” 

- School Library Journal, 03/01/17

“Beautifully written with poetic language and a sense of horror and wonder.” 

- Youth Services Book Review, 03/15/19