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Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium

By: Rona Arato

Adventure

Ten-year-old Shoshi and her younger brother Moshe are miserable in their Russian village. But then the unexpected happens. They escape to New York, search for their father and fight off bullies, all with the help of Snigger … their dragon!

Ages: 9+

192 pages

Tundra Books

Average Rating: (37 Ratings)

Hilarious
Submitted 3/4/2019 by FreeTime

Good choice
Submitted 12/11/2018 by Legoboy1000

I liked this book.

This book is funny, vivid and is pretty realistic ( except for the dragon of course ).
it vividly describes the scrappy life of a Jewish immigrant family in the Lower East Side in New York in the late 1800's.
i really enjoyed how Ms. Finkelstien went 'AAAAIIIIIIEEEEEE!!!' when she saw the dragon!
definitely get this book!

Hilarious
Submitted 12/4/2018 by FreeTime

I loved this book!

Lots of action
Submitted 6/10/2018 by ninjapickle9

This book was just OK

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

I liked the book up until the end but the book is worth reading but just know that the end is sort of confusing.

Super book
Submitted 4/2/2018 by Lregev

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

In the book at the beginning, they were cooking matzo balls. This taught about Judiasim.

An Average Book
Submitted 1/14/2018 by mathmaster

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Israel.

I liked this book but there could be some parts that's boring. This is why I gave it only 3 stars.

Submitted 12/2/2017 by msonic

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

great book

Submitted 12/1/2017 by beccabear72

I liked this book.

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

Adventure and mystery awaits!
Submitted 11/3/2017 by alimay2

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium is a book with adventure and mystery around each corner. If you like adventure and mystery, I would recommend this book to you. I really think you will enjoy it!

So good!
Submitted 9/2/2017 by TRex10

A lot of adventure and action.

Very Good Book
Submitted 8/5/2017 by superK21129

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This was an awesome book!! I really recommend this book to all readers. It was funny and I learned some Yiddish as well!! This book was super awesome!!

best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 8/4/2017 by Beak1259

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Israel.

this was the best book ever! I loved it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I liked the whole book!

Submitted 8/3/2017 by largemouthbass

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

Terrible book. don't bother picking it. It was soooooo boring.

OK
Submitted 7/7/2017 by L0vBooks

fun book but i could have picked a better choice
meh

good choice
Submitted 7/5/2017 by artreader

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book was good. If I could pick something to change, it would be that they would explain the charecters a bit better. It gets confusing about who is who and who did what. This book is an O.K. choice.

Submitted 6/29/2017 by welovetoread

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

AWESOME and FUN
Submitted 6/18/2017 by Tigerbella

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

A story about two kids who never leave someone or something behind.
A delightful tale of family and friendship is at the heart of this book.

Great book
Submitted 6/8/2017 by reading4life

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This was a great book. If you like dragons, and what the U.S.A. was like when there were a lot of people imigrating this is the book for you. This was a great read.
Peace out

not too bad.
Submitted 6/8/2017 by MELOVENERFGUNS1

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

the book has big writing so it is pretty short, but other than that it was really good.

Good book!
Submitted 6/6/2017 by Kitten

I liked this book.

This book had lots of adventure and was very interesting. It is fantasy, but it takes place in America in historical times. It's about the Kapustin family, who come to America, only to find that it is not as they expected. Many bad things happen to them, but they make it through.

what is a dybukk?!
Submitted 6/5/2017 by catapokemonz

a nice book, but with advance vocab.

Is the dragon really necessary?
Submitted 6/5/2017 by Zephyros777

I liked this book.

This book made me think more about friendship.

The aspect is funny, the book is both serious and silly, and the location and gangs make it seem almost real. But you need to ask yourself two things. One, is the dragon really necessary? It was mostly a plot developer, and comic relief. Two, why pool? Why do they play pool and not, say, skee-ball or bowling?

AWESOME BOOK! MUST READ
Submitted 6/5/2017 by Scooterdog

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I liked how they made it seem real but it had some parts that were obviously fictional. also they always made jokes in series times and just when they were just talking

Submitted 6/5/2017 by zdunger

Best book EVER!
Submitted 6/5/2017 by 2muchTUNA

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book is amazing! It's so good, if you are looking for a book to read this is a super good book!

Submitted 6/3/2017 by momtotwoboys

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Awesome book! I thought it was interesting.

A Pretty Good Book
Submitted 6/3/2017 by ocelot30

This was an interesting book. I would recommend it for ages seven and up. If I could give this book three and a half stars, I would. I disagreed with Shoshi and Moshe's decision about Snigger, though.

Submitted 4/5/2017 by rbsphillies

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

really good book

Submitted 4/5/2017 by CatGirlCellon

love love love
Submitted 11/30/2016 by Hodeya

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I would really like a dragon of my own.

Hard to follow but cool!
Submitted 10/7/2016 by kdw954

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

Eh.

A wonderful adventure filled book!
Submitted 10/5/2015 by Sparkle camper

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I thought this was an amazing book and if you have not read it before , now is a good time!

Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium
Submitted 8/8/2015 by rhp

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

This book is an amazing book about a little girl and her brother, who live with their mother. Their father has gone to America, and everyone else in the village seems to think that their father will not send for them. But is all hope lost? Read Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium to find out all about Shoshe and Moshe and their great adventures with Snigger, their pet dragon. I really recommend this book for really anybody!

Submitted 3/8/2015 by Spricegirl1525

This book was just OK

This book taught me more about Jewish holidays, rituals, and even food.

This book was slow and unexciting. It didn't grab my attention.

Stick to your plan and you will definitely succeed!
Submitted 3/1/2015 by Design Team

Reviewed by Annabel, 9, IL Design Team

Shoshi and Moshe Kaputnik are the main characters in this fantasy novel. They are little kids who live in Russia. They have a pet dragon, Snigger. They and their mother move to America in search of their father. He had left them five years ago to find a job, promising to come back and bring them to America with him. He never came back.
It is July when they get there. They land on Ellis Island. A few important things happen on their journey: They find a place for Snigger to hide, so they can get through Ellis Island. More exciting things occur, but you need to read the book to find out!
The Kaputnik’s move in with their uncle, aunt, and cousin in New York City. However, when their money is stolen by their relatives, Shoshi, Moshe and their mother have to run the family restaurant.
Over the course of the story, Shoshi grows into a nicer, smarter girl. Moshe becomes tougher and stronger. I liked how the siblings never fought, and I liked how when the children and their father were reunited they went straight to asking what he was doing while they were away.
I learned that if you stick to your plan the whole way, and you work hard while doing it, you will definitely succeed.

A Dragon?
Submitted 1/1/2015 by mmore

I would read more books by this author.

in this book, Shoshi and Moshi, who for some reason have rhyming names, move to america. That is where their father ''left" them. There they meet the most magical thing of all: a dragon! will they find their father? will they be able to survive in america? will they be able to keep the dragon forever? Read the book to find out!

This is the best immigration story I have ever read!
Submitted 10/3/2014 by Design Team

It is mostly realistic, but with a touch of fantasy.

The main characters are Shoshi, a Russian girl who almost gets kidnapped by Cossacks; Moshe, Shoshi’s brother, who is almost always at Shoshi’s side; and Snigger, a fire- breathing dragon who beats up Cossacks. Supporting characters include Mrs. Kaputnik, who is Shoshi and Moshe’s mother and who owns the emporium; Aloysius P. Thornswaddle, the owner of a local baseball team; and Nick the Stick, a gangster who rules the Lower East Side with a rod of iron.

The part that grabbed me was the mix of realism and fantasy. There is funny humor and serious humor, fiction and nonfiction. (Serious humor happens when the situation is serious but people make jokes anyway.) The combinations are what make this a good read. I give this book four stars!

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Rona Arato

Author of Mrs. Kaputnik's Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium

"I love writing books for kids."
 

When she was young, Rona already knew that she would grow up to write children’s books. She always loved writing and before she started writing books, she wrote anything she could, including newspaper articles, magazine stories, and advertisements. Rona also told stories to her children and one day, one of those stories was published. Can you guess what it was called? Mrs. Kaputnik’s Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium!

Rona lives in Toronto, Canada. But she has also lived in Los Angeles, New York, and Israel.

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