Just as in the original, Rabbi Harvey Rides Again is a graphic novel set in Elk Spring, Colorado, during the 1870’s. Rabbi Harvey is the hero, judge and sheriff all rolled into one. Rabbi Harvey solves the town’s problems armed only with his wit and wisdom. Author Steve Sheinkin takes classic Jewish folktales and gives them am unexpected twist, seamlessly integrating Jewish folklore into the Wild West. The characters and dilemmas change in each story, but Rabbi Harvey is always there to cleverly save the day with his arsenal of Jewish knowledge. This sequel has 10 tales, each one with its own lesson and plot. Rabbi Harvey brings new life to tales and legends from Rabbi Akiva to Chelm and everywhere Jewish in between. The illustrations are simple, but Mr. Sheinkin took the time to add in period details, like mining and saddleries. Even readers who are not fans of graphic novels will enjoy this book. It can be used for simple bedtime reading with your child and also to facilitate discussions about Jewish ethics in religious school. Sheinkin certainly proves that the way to a child’s heart and mind is through the funny bone. Ages 8–
Rachel Rosner is the Director of the Jewish Book Festival in Rochester, NY. She also runs Jewish Family Programs for the JCC, and has worked there since 1994. She holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Syracuse University.