Books by David Goldin

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"An engaging and enlivening introduction for kids and adults alike. ('Who's Who at the Museum,' glossary, list of works) (Picture book. 4-8)"
True to the subtitle, this book's cover delivers an amusing yet informative tour of an art museum. Read full book review >
BAXTER, THE PIG WHO WANTED TO BE KOSHER by Laurel Snyder
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

The title says it all: When Baxter hears about Shabbat, when "the candles gleam and glow and dance while our sweetest voices lift in song," from an old man at the bus stop, of course he wants to be part of it—but how? The young man he meets the next week tells him he can't: "You're not kosher!" In pursuit of kosher, Baxter eats kosher dills, pigs out on challah and teaches himself to moo. Finally a kindly rabbi leads him to the truth: "But," she asks, "why would you want to get eaten?" She goes on, however, to explain that "[i]t is a mitzvah to welcome a stranger," so Baxter gets to enjoy Shabbat after all. Goldin's photo-collage illustrations present a suitably goofy-but-sincere cartoon pig dressed in a plaid button-down Oxford shirt and locate him in an urban neighborhood that features an imposing synagogue and a kosher deli. While Snyder's glossary glides a little irresponsibly over the precise meaning of "kosher," this will nevertheless find plenty of use in Jewish homes, particularly among families in which one parent is not Jewish. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
LOST CAT by Tad Hardy
by Tad Hardy, illustrated by David Goldin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

A big, round cat—with a face only a mother (or distraught owner) could love—gets lost. His owner peppers the town with ``Lost Cat'' posters, while the feline takes up residence at Le CafÇ Chat Perdu. His shenanigans drive the proprietor nuts; a ``Cat Found'' notice is also posted, which leads to a happy reunion. Children will love the way the clockwork couplets in Hardy's first book render two perspectives of the cat's best (or worst) qualities. The owner's poster says, ``Black stripes/Whiskers white/Nose is pink/Has an overbite,'' while the restaurateur's states, ``Huge pink nose/Whiskers light/Some are missing/Some are white . . . Teeth stick out/and don't bite right.'' Goldin's broadly humorous drawing style has a kinship with the art of comic strips—his characters would be right at home in Popeye's neighborhood. The artist portrays the cat—rightly, readers will say—as a total rascal; he's garrulous, colossally independent, and immune to all human concerns. (Picture book. 2-7) Read full book review >