"Fourth-grader Penina (“Pinky”) Bloom returns in the second installment of this mystery series for younger readers. It’s Hanukkah, and that means lighting candles, eating latkes, opening presents, and having fun at the synagogue party. This year,
though, the party ends before they even get to play dreidel, when a valuable ancient coin is stolen from a display. Pinky, Brooklyn’s greatest kid detective, has a new case! With the help of her best friend Lucy and little brother Avi, Pinky gathers clues about who might have stolen the coin. While she tries to crack that mystery, she also wonders if some other strange happenings could be related to the possibly magical menorah a neighbor left with the Blooms for safe-keeping. If anyone can figure all of this out, it’s Pinky Bloom. This is a fun, fast-paced mystery that will appeal to fans of Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew or Butler’s King & Kayla series, but with a distinctly Jewish flavor. Details of Jewish life permeate the text, from Pinky’s description of a past Purim costume to the Yiddish words that Madame Olga liberally sprinkles in her speech. Pinky is a sharp and funny narrator, dedicated to carefully documenting her detective work even if she has to bring “the world’s most annoying little brother” along. Energetic cartoon-style illustrations complement the text in both full-page detailed spreads and small spot illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. The short chapters move the story along briskly, and the clues to the mystery are placed so that readers can figure it out alongside Pinky. Expect to have readers eagerly awaiting another adventure with
Pinky Bloom!" — Beth Gallego, AJL Newsletter—Magazine
Judy Press studied fine arts at Syracuse University and earned a masters in art education from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the creator of a dozen award-winning children’s art activity books and early reader chapter books. A grandmother to ten, Press lives in Pittsburgh.
Originally from Ireland, Erica-Jane Waters credits her imagination to her childhood there and its wealth of folklore and fairy tales. She has been writing and illustrating children’s books for over twenty years and uses a mixture of traditional techniques and digital work to create her art. Waters lives in a 370-year-old, tumbledown cottage in deepest, darkest Northamptonshire in England with her husband and two children.