Books by Mark Podwal

BUILT BY ANGELS by Mark Podwal
Released: April 1, 2009

"A beautiful, Impressionistic introduction to a portion of Judaic lore and a European architectural marvel. (historical note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
Legend, history and spiritual significance intertwine in Podwal's illustrated free-verse poem paying homage to Prague's Altneuschul, or Old-New Synagogue, which is the oldest in Europe, dating back to 1270, and is treasured for its early Gothic architecture. Read full book review >
JERUSALEM SKY by Mark Podwal
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"A cut above the didactic books on this topic. (bibliography for adults) (Poetry. All ages)"
Thickly applied paint in vivid hues and fanciful, striking images lend an otherworldly perspective to the illustrations that accompany the poetic text that celebrates the richness of Jerusalem and its history as the holy city of some of the world's religions. Read full book review >
THE DEMONS’ MISTAKE by Francine Prose
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Perfectly silly. (Picture book. 5-7)"
No one has ever claimed that demons were clever. Read full book review >
MOSES AND THE ANGELS by Ileene Smith Sobel
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"It's an entertaining volume, surely destined for applications beyond the obvious religious ones. (Folklore. 8-12)"
In a collection that shows religion brushed with mystery, Sobel retells the stories of Moses, who is always surrounded by angels, his life washed in magic, miracles, and exaggerations. Read full book review >
THE ANGEL'S MISTAKE by Francine Prose
Released: April 1, 1997

"Families will find this is a savory treat for sharing. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The team behind Dybbuk (1996) have collaborated on a winsome story set in the legendary town of Chelm, charting its origins to the angel carrying a bag of ``stupid souls'' and mistakenly spilling them all in one town. Read full book review >
DYBBUK by Francine Prose
Released: March 1, 1996

"These skillfully evoke the images in Jewish illuminated manuscripts and in the paintings of Chagall, providing a match made in heaven for Prose's funny tale. (Picture book/folklore. 5+)"
Prose's first children's book is a humorously understated retelling of a traditional Jewish folktale (a scrupulous author's note provides sources). ``Forty days before a baby is born, the angels in heaven get together and decide whom the baby will marry . . . . Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF TENS by Mark Podwal
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Not a children's book in any sense of the word, this is an intriguing variation on a biblical theme but it is sadly lacking the essential breath that would bring it fully to life. (Picture book. All ages)"
Renowned cartoonist and artist Mark Podwal illustrates and retells stories from the Bible using the number ten as a unifying theme. Read full book review >