Someone for Mr. Sussman

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Jerome's bubbie is a matchmaker-the greatest in the whole neighborhood. She even found a match for the Firesteins? son, and that was a miracle! She's found a match for everyone. Everyone except for Mr. Sussman-and herself, that is. But Mr. Sussman is impossible! ?Too picky!? Jerome cautions Bubbie after each appointment. But Bubbie is determined to make this match, no matter what lengths she must go to. And in a satisfying and sweet conclusion, this comedy of errors proves Bubbie's motto: No pot is so crooked ...

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Overview

Jerome's bubbie is a matchmaker-the greatest in the whole neighborhood. She even found a match for the Firesteins? son, and that was a miracle! She's found a match for everyone. Everyone except for Mr. Sussman-and herself, that is. But Mr. Sussman is impossible! ?Too picky!? Jerome cautions Bubbie after each appointment. But Bubbie is determined to make this match, no matter what lengths she must go to. And in a satisfying and sweet conclusion, this comedy of errors proves Bubbie's motto: No pot is so crooked that there isn't a lid to fit it!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Polacco's (The Keeping Quilt) exuberant style blasts through this predictable yet rewarding tale of a successful Jewish shadkhen (matchmaker) who has one client for whom she cannot find a match (readers will quickly guess why). Narrated by her red-haired and bespectacled adolescent grandson, the story chronicles "Bubbie's" attempts to turn herself into the seemingly impossible-to-please Mr. Sussman's dream wife: as he updates his requirements every week, she makes her home kosher, redecorates, becomes a workout queen, masters ballroom dancing and so on. The author brings in homey, Fiddler on the Roof syntax ("This person I'll find for you"), along with words like "oy" and "farklempt," illustrating the story in her signature style of comfortable caricatures and broad strokes. A good-natured spirit percolates throughout, and readers, like the supportive grandson, will root for persistent Bubbie. Ages 6-8. (Nov.)

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[A] good humored tale . . . young readers will enjoy this.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Young Jerome introduces, for those who may not know about it, the concept of a shadken, or Jewish matchmaker. "No pot is so crooked that there isn't a lid to fit it!" insists his bubbie, or grandmother. She is a very successful matchmaker, with everyone except Mr. Sussman. Each time he tells her what he is looking for in a woman, Bubbie tries to show him, not so subtly, that she is like that. But each time he comes, he ignores that and suggests something else he wants. Jerome calls him too picky, but Bubbie persists, cooking, baking, redecorating, exercising, even dancing, all in vain. Finally his bubbie gives up, declaring that Mr. Sussman needs a MIRACLE, and sending him on his way. But one day he arrives at her door, and finally seems to realize that she is what he has been looking for all along, just as she is. "Their wedding was the event of the neighborhood." Polacco's pencils and markers create naturalistic characters with a touch of caricature, overloaded with personality. Even the cat expresses appropriate emotions and ultimately beams happiness. Smiles and more are generated in the double-page scenes. One can almost hear a klezmer band in the background practicing for the wedding and the happy ending. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

Gr 2-5

Jerome's stylish grandmother is a successful matchmaker with dozens of happy clients, the exception being Mr. Sussman. Jerome thinks that the man is too picky, but Bubbie is convinced that she can find him the perfect woman. "No pot is so crooked that there isn't a lid to fit it," she says. In fact, she decides that she's his match and makes drastic changes to prove it, to no avail. Finally, after giving up on trying to please Mr. Sussman, Bubbie ends up with exactly what she wanted all along. While the lengths to which she goes to win Mr. Sussman's affection are humorous, the story's theme may have little appeal to the elementary crowd. The narrative strikes the right note at the end with the message of staying true to oneself, but readers may lose interest getting there. Polacco's characteristic pencil and watercolor illustrations seem less polished than in her many other finely detailed and crafted offerings. Sprinkled throughout are Yiddish words and references to Jewish traditions.-Beth Cuddy, Seward Elementary School, Auburn, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399250750
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/13/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 365,599
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco

Patricia Polacco lives in Union City, Michigan.

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