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The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: A Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild Westby Steve Sheinkin
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Jewish and American folklore are combined in this witty and original collection of comic Jewish folk tales creatively retold and set on the western frontier of the 1870s. Presented in a full-color graphic novel format, these are the legends of Harvey?part wild west sheriff, part old world rabbi. After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. His journey took him to Elk Spring, Colorado, a small town in the Rocky Mountains. When he managed to outwit the ruthless gang that had been ruling Elk Spring, the people invited Harvey to stay on as the town's rabbi. Included in Harvey's adventures in Elk Spring, he settles disputes, tricks criminals into confessing, and offers unsolicited bits of Talmudic insight. Each story presents Harvey with a unique challenge?from convincing a child that he is not actually a chicken, to retrieving stolen money from a sweet-faced bubby gone horribly wrong. Like any good collection of Jewish folktales, these stories contain layers of humor and timeless wisdom that will entertain both adults and young readers.
"Sheinkin's tales of Rabbi Harvey, wisest rebbe in the Wild West, are not quite the fish-out-of-water yarns you might expect. That's mainly because, despite the setting (the fictitious town of Elk Spring, Colo., circa 1870), nearly everyone he encounters is also a Jew; one verifiable gentile appears in the whole book. Transplanting Talmudic wisdom and Jewish folktales into the Old West without a sense of cultural contrast lessens some of the obvious humor. Luckily, Harvey himself is such a genial character — and these stories are so timeless — that the book's central conceit is rendered a moot point. While morality can be a tough pill to swallow, Harvey's adventures are so much fun you hardly realize you're learning anything until it's too late. Harvey is always on his toes, and in the tradition of great Jewish humor, self-deprecating one-liners and deadpan delivery abound — as do jokes about food. The stories are told in a standard comic-strip format, and the cartoonish art is endearing without being the least bit adventurous (experiments in wood-grain illustration notwithstanding). Kids of all ages will love Harvey's sugary wisdom and wit." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Jewish and American folklore are combined in this witty and original collection of comic Jewish folktales creatively retold and set on the western frontier of the 1870s. Presented in a full-color graphic novel format, these are the legends of Harvey- part Wild West sheriff, part old world rabbi.
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