The Bagel King

Andrew Larsen
Sandy Nichols

Every Sunday morning, no matter the weather, Eli could count on Zaida to bring bagels from Merv's Bakery. Eli loved the time they spent together enjoying their favorite treats. “Warm. Chewy. Salty,” Eli thought. “Bagels were the best thing about Sunday.” But one Sunday, Zaida didn't come. He had fallen at Merv's and “hurt his tuches,” and the doctor said Zaida had to rest at home for two whole weeks. This meant Eli had no Sunday morning bagels. And neither did Zaida's friends, who had been receiving their own weekly deliveries from Zaida. Will they all go hungry for bagels on Sunday? Or is there something Eli can do?

Award-winning author Andrew Larsen's picture book story offers a gently humorous take on the special bond between a boy and his grandfather and the simple ritual that looms so large in their lives. It also highlights a terrific character education lesson about how a young child can take responsibility and, with a little initiative, help a family member in need. With a blend of retro and contemporary styles, Sandy Nichols's softly colored illustrations cleverly convey the story's timelessness and capture Eli's diverse neighborhood. This book will spark wonderful discussions about family traditions and community. A mini glossary and pronunciation guide for the Yiddish words that are sprinkled throughout the story (like mensch and oy) provides an opportunity to learn about the many words we use in English that come from other languages, and to explore the connections between culture and language.

978-1-77138-574-9 | May 1, 2018
List Price: USD $16.99, CAD $18.99
4-color 9 x 9 32 pages
Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7
978-1-5253-0097-4 | May 1, 2018
List Price: USD $9.99, CAD $9.99

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Awards & Reviews

“The endearing portrayal of a young boy's relationship with his grandfather makes for a warm, intergenerational story.”
— Kirkus Reviews, March 2018
“This charming and humorous story is a great family read.”
— Quill & Quire, May 2018
“This sweet intergenerational Jewish family story is filled with humor and heart.”
— School Library Journal, May 2018
“Larsen's story demonstrates the power of modelling positive behaviour and the power of love.”
— CM Magazine, June 2018
“... a touching tale about the love between a grandfather and grandson and how they value their time together.”
— Canadian Children's Book News, October 2018
“... a delicious, yummy and humorous tale!”
— Resource Links, October 2018
2019 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Listed
2019 - Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr., Florida Association for Media in Education, Short-listed
2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

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