Reviewed by Rebecca (Library Staff)
Golem is a 1996 paper cut picture book and winner of the Caldecott medal. It is the retelling of the Golem Jewish folktale. The paper cut art is striking and vivid. Wisniewski keeps his retelling faithful to the different historical versions of the folktale, but also incorporates his own additions, such as the Golem speaking, which is not in the old folktales. This adds a lot of humanity and compassion to the giant which, in my opinion, makes the story much more engaging and impactful. I highly recommend this book to people new to the folktale or those who haven’t yet heard Wisniewski’s version.
Located in Children’s Picture Books (E WISNIEWSKI)