Book Review | Noah’s Swim-a-Thon by Ann D. Koffsky

Noah’s Swim-a-Thon

Written and illustrated by Ann D. Koffsky
URJ Press, 2011

The good stuff

  • The moral of the story–All Noah needs is a really good reason to get past his fear of the pool and the opportunity to contribute to tzedakah so less fortunate kids could attend camp provides it.
  • A simple story with family appeal–Easy to read, easy to read aloud, easy for kids to relate to.
  • It’s camp!–What would camp be without bug juice?
  • Illustration
    • The details–For example, Noah starts to feel stuffy, bumpy and stingy when he’s only in one foot of water.
    • Texture–Again, small details add to the visual appeal. The addition of typography in the background (or on Noah’s pants) provide an unexpected layered effect.
    • Perspective–Showing Noah blowing bubbles from underneath the water and showing the lifeguard helping him float gave unique angles.
  • The great YouTube trailer video–Offered plenty of kid appeal and the choice of music was great.

The not-so-good stuff

  • Sharper editing could have streamlined the text, eliminated unnecessary internal thoughts, and prevented lines like this one: “Good job! Keep talking to those fish,” his lifeguard smiled. It would have been more appropriate to just say his lifeguard said.
  • Only one illustration didn’t seem to fit with the others–the one that had the words, stuffy, stingy, and bumpy. The illustration worked fine without the labels.
  • The ending felt rushed. I wanted to see closure with the tzedakah fund, not just a sentence about it before Noah finished the swim.

Overall summary

Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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2 Responses to Book Review | Noah’s Swim-a-Thon by Ann D. Koffsky

  1. Ann Koffsky says:

    Thanks for the review, Barbara! Your insights are very perceptive.

  2. Pingback: Thanks, Whole Megillah

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