Children’s

Pinky Bloom and the Case of the Miss­ing Kid­dush Cup

Judy Press; Eri­ca-Jane Waters, illus.

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By – June 20, 2018

Pen­i­na Pinky” Bloom, a fourth grad­er at a Jew­ish day school, con­sid­ers her­self the great­est kid detec­tive in Brook­lyn,” and there are a few mys­ter­ies she needs to solve: Who is putting the Lotus Blos­som Kosher Chi­nese Restau­rant out of busi­ness? Why are they doing it? And who stole the Kid­dush cup and Torah yad from the exhib­it at the Jew­ish Museum?

A cast of sup­port­ing char­ac­ters includes Pinky’s annoy­ing younger broth­er, Avi; Joe, the wait­er at the restau­rant; Madame Olga, the neigh­bor­hood psy­chic; and the cura­tor of the exhib­it at the Jew­ish Museum.

Pinky is a sys­tem­at­ic sleuth, list­ing her sus­pects and fol­low­ing up with care­ful detec­tive work, lead­ing to a suc­cess­ful out­come with all mys­ter­ies neat­ly solved. The sto­ry is quick, mov­ing, and fun­ny. For exam­ple, when Pinky enlists the psychic’s help, Madame Olga looks at her crys­tal ball only to state that it’s for tourists — then picks up her com­put­er instead. Black and white draw­ings accom­pa­ny the text.

Marge Kaplan is a retired Eng­lish as a Sec­ond Lan­guage teacher. She is a con­sul­tant for the children’s lit­er­a­ture group for the Roseville, MN school sys­tem and is a sto­ry­teller of Jew­ish tales.

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