And a Cat from Carmel Market

Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Author), Rotem Teplow (Illustrator)

When Bubbe goes to the outdoor Carmel Market in Tel-Aviv to shop for Shabbat, she finds challah, candles, chicken, flowers, and more! But it seems lots of furry friends find Bubbe … and they’re all ready to celebrate Shabbat, too!

Reviews are In!

Jewish Book Council:

“Bubbe’s trip to Carmel Mar­ket was a plea­sure in itself; her Shab­bat can­not be reduced to the per­fect bowl of soup or bou­quet of flow­ers. And a Cat from Carmel Mar­ket is high­ly rec­om­mend­ed and includes a glos­sary of Hebrew and Yid­dish words.” Read more from Jewish Book Council!


Publisher’s Weekly:

“Young readers will enjoy finding the myriad cats in Teplow’s softly colored digital illustrations, which feature a cast of characters with varying skin tones and hairstyles. An entertaining, family-centered read for young feline fanciers. ” Read more from Publisher’s Weekly!


Kirker’s Reviews:

The rhyming text with its recurring refrain is augmented by delicate, detailed drawings in soft hues featuring a snow-white-haired, rounded, White grandmother, diverse secondary characters, and a clutter of friendly cats. A sweet depiction of the traditions of the Jewish weekly observance.” Read more from Kirker’s Reviews!


Chava Pinchuck, Past chair, Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee; Editor, Jewish Values Finder, Ramat Beit
Shemesh, lsrael:

Bubbe shops at the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv every Friday. Armed with her list and her shopping cart, she gets everything she needs: challah, Shabbat candles, chicken, and fruits and vegetables. As she loads the cart with her items, a cat jumps in. “‘Oy, My cart is growing full,’Bubbe said with a push and a pull.” She repeats this as she buys more things and more cats appear in her bags, so as she checks off her list, she also gets “a cat from Carmel Market.” Bubbe then goes home and prepares the meal, but when she and her guests sit down, the noise starts. Once Bubbe lights the candles, all the cats stop yowling and settle down. The clowder joins them at the Shabbat meal, although there are some spilled glasses and bowls. Capucilli, author of the Biscuit the dog series has created equally adorable and lively felines, and Teplow’s colorful illustrations that are full of activity capture both the excitement of the open-air market and the preparations for Shabbat. A little slip for traditionalists who light the candles before the Shabbat meal, and words like “zeal” and “yowling din” are a little advanced for the target audience. Most lsraelis are not thrilled with the abundance of feral cats and would not welcome them to the Shabbat table. But the book can work on many levels: a great addition to story time with the repeating phrases and all the cats, a positive book about lsrael, and a book about preparing for Shabbat.

Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Age: 4-8
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1541586700