Written and Illustrated by Marc Lumer
Ages 5-8, 40pp, 11 x 8 ½
One day, a kid arrives in America.
Everything here is big,
He creates a golem, an old-country mud monster, to protect him from the kids next door. But the golem was
meant for old-world fears, and things are different here in the New World. Now what will his golem do, with
no one to protect?
"Lumer's pictures are enormously expressive, and his technique is both spectacular and utterly peculiar. If Al Hirschfeld had done chalk drawings, they would have looked like this. ...the story ends on a perfect—and very American—superhero moment, with the golem knocking a baseball "[w]aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out" of the park. The Justice League could do worse than to have this golem as a member."
— Kirkus Reviews
"...An utterly charming, impressively original, thoroughly 'kid friendly', and unfailingly entertaining picture book for young readers ages 8 to 12, American Golem by author and illustrator Marc Lumer is very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers."
— The Midwest Book Review