WHEN GRANDPA JONAH WAS JUST A KID
Middle Grade, Kinneret, Zmora, Dvir, 4 volumes, 2017-2023
FULL ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF VOL 1 AVAILABLE
Jonah has nothing: no TV, no toys or games, no bed, not even a blanket. But if you think he's miserable, think again! A kid as smart and kind as Jonah will always be able to seek out adventure and make the world around him that little bit better, despite all odds.
Through resourcefulness, creativity, and, ultimately, generosity of spirit, Jonah finds his way out of any pickle he or his parents end up in, be it his mother’s overbearing prejudiced employer, his father’s untreated illness, their family’s eviction or their perpetual lack of money and food.
Though a work of fiction, WHEN GRADPA JONAH WAS JUST A KID is based on a true story – the childhood experiences of the author's father, Elijah Levi. Growing up in Israel in the 1920s and 1930s, Elijah, who was of Yemenite decent, endured dire poverty at home and savage bullying at school because of his Mizrahi origins. Elijah later became a journalist and was also a member of the Lehi underground. That part of his life inspired the series CARTHAGO, written by Yannets and his brother Reshef Levi and recently awarded two prizes at Canneseries.
WHEN GRADPA JONAH WAS JUST A KID is a universal and timeless story about the gap between the poor and the rich. The books are written with Levi’s signature wit and ingenuity; all four volumes hit bestseller lists immediately after publication.
Israel: Kinneret, Zmora, Dvir
“The story is excellent – compelling, touching, funny, even bold, for it depicts humiliating poverty without holding its nose.” – Haaretz