Ziggy loves to come up with creative new ideas. Every day, he looks around the shtetl wondering what he can invent or improve upon. Unfortunately, none of his ideas work out quite the way he hopes they will. Then one day, after a visit to the bakery, Ziggy has his best idea yet. The baker makes wonderful, fluffy buns but the centers are always underdone. Ziggy’s creative mind gets to work and the hole-in-the-middle bagel is born. He even thinks up a great way to stack and transport his new invention.
Whimsical, colorful double page spreads with a comic sensibility accompany the amusing text. A bagel recipe is included along with background information about the history of the bagel as is a “fun fact” about bagels having been brought on a space shuttle mission to the International Space Station.
Cleverly written and tastily presented, this sweet book is highly recommended for ages 5 – 9.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.