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The Sages of Chelm and the Moon

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Written by Shlomo Abas
Illustrated by Omer Hoffmann
Translated by Gilah Kahn-Hoffmann

Price: £12.99 / $24.95
Pages: 32
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781784383695


  • Classic folk story about the preposterously silly townsfolk of Chelm

  • Showcases work by an award-winning Israeli illustrator, Omer Hoffmann

  • Charming tale about a town’s attempt to capture the moon


Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of Chelm – the city of wise fools celebrated in Jewish folklore. According to legend, Chelm was populated by preposterously silly townsfolk.

There are numerous tales of their idiotic exploits and the most famous is the story of the people of Chelm and the moon…

The people of Chelm have a problem. They love to walk the streets at night under the light of the radiant moon. But every now and then, the moon disappears from the sky and they can’t dnd their way home. Perhaps someone is stealing it, or maybe it’s hiding on purpose?

Being very clever, the wise people of Chelm know exactly what they must do. They will buy a brand-new moon – one that will shine clear and bright every night. But will everything go according to plan?

Shlomo Abbas retells the story with a perfect comic touch and Omer Hoffmann illustrates the tale beautifully.

For 4-8-year-olds.

Author Details

Shlomo Abas, born 1948, is one of the leading children’s writers in Israel. To date, he has published 164 books, of which 43 are his original work as children’s books, while the other 121 books are fables, folktales, and legends which he has collected, compiled and edited.

A majority of those deal with Jewish folklore and culture in all its diverse communities.

Many of his books have become bestsellers.

Illustrator Details

Omer Hoffmann is an Israeli illustrator. His diverse body of work includes illustrations for newspapers, children’s books and comics worldwide. Omer’s illustrations were selected for the Hans Christian Andersen Illustration Honour List 2016 for the book Hardil Lo Ragill.

He lives in Givatayim with his wife and their two children.