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Judaica/Picture Book: A Funny Shabbat Story



Written by Allison and Wayne Marks

Illustrated by Renée Andriani

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It’s Friday morning and, as usual, Bubbe Judy has brought home a giant jar of gefilte fish—her grandson Jack’s favorite dish—for the family’s Shabbos meal. But something is wrong: the lid is stuck. Oy! That’s when the excitement begins!

Price: $11.95 Paperback | $6.99 Kindle

44 pages

Age Range: 4 - 8 years

Size: 8.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN-13: 978-0-9908430-0-9

BISAC Category: Juvenile Fiction/Humor

Coloring Pages


"Never before have the trials and tribulations of opening a jar of gefilte fish in time for Shabbat been so much fun!" —Rena Citrin, The Association of Jewish Libraries

"The lyrical text is matched by whimsical illustrations with entertaining facial expressions and discussion-worthy detail throughout." —The Children's Book Review

"[A] heartwarming tale that’s sure to become a family favorite." —Cleveland Jewish News

"This picture book by Allison and Wayne Marks is a delightful rhyming tale filled with Yiddish expressions. A modern Bubbe buys a jar of gefilte fish for the family Shabbos dinner, but the jar refuses to open no matter how hard she tries. After Bubbe, Zayde, the neighbors, a mechanic, a doctor, a dentist and various other people attempt the task of getting the jar open, Bubbe’s young grandson, Jack, finally saves the day with his magic word (of course)!

"The cartoon-like illustrations by Renée Andriani add to the fun. A glossary of Yiddish words, a gefilte fish mini-muffin recipe, and an original Shabbat song included in the text enhance the book’s appeal."  —Sandy Lanton, Jewish Book Council

"As readers open A Gefilte Fishy Tale, they’ll find a beautiful glossary of Yiddish terms. . . . [E]veryone seems to have difficulty turning that stubborn lid. Readers will most likely find themselves saying, “Oy! How hard could it be to twist open a jar?” Well, Bubbe Judy (grandmother), Zayde (grandfather), a bodybuilder, an inventor, a mechanic, a doctor, a dentist, a fisherman, a plumber, and numerous family members try their hand at the lid, but no one succeeds, and this makes everyone feel farklempt! As readers follow along in the story and witness each character try out their own hypothesis on this problem, they may find themselves giggling out loud. What was the solution? Well, you’ll have to read this fishy tale to find out!" —Sherry L. Hoffman,

"One giant jar of gefilte fish, one grandson and one set of grandparents—a surprising formula for a fun and lively delight of a picture book. A Gefilte Fishy Tale quickly draws in young and old with its bouncy rhymes by Allison and Wayne Marks, all spritzed with Yiddish. This gentle and humorous adventure roams through their town as they prepare for Shabbos, their Friday evening Sabbath meal." —Lindsey McDivitt, A Is for Aging, B Is for Books Blog


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© 2016 MB Publishing LLC
​Lyrics: Wayne Marks & Margie Blumberg
​Music: Margie Blumberg & Gavin Whelehan 

© 2016 Wayne Marks and Margie Blumberg. 

Vocals by Gwynne Phillips

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"Shabbat a Lot"

Candles burning—
What a sight!
Lift the juice glass high.
Honey cake is sweet and light,
And stars are in the sky.
Challah, kugel, kreplach too,
Gefilte fish for all . . .
We sure love Shabbat a lot!
Chicken soup is piping hot.
Let's sing out with all we've got
'Cause this is Friday night—