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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: SCB DISTRIBUTED PUBLISHERS (23 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935548255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935548256
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthue Roth is a punk-rock Orthodox Jewish vegetarian geek (he's memorized entire episodes of Doctor Who). His first book, Never Mind the Goldbergs, was an ALA Popular Paperback in Religion and a NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age. He's also written a memoir about becoming Orthodox (Yom Kippur a Go-Go), a supermodel spy caper (Candy in Action), and a cover of Ferris Bueller's Day Off starring Russian Jewish immigrants.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, and he keeps a secret online diary at www.matthue.com.

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My First Kafka Runaway children who meet up with monsters. A giant talking bug. A secret world of mouse-people. The stories of Franz Kafka are wondrous and nightmarish, miraculous and scary. Here, storyteller Roth and artist Eason adapt three Kafka stories into startling, creepy, fun stories for all ages. Illustrations. Full description

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anna w on 25 May 2013
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Having read this to my 6 and 9 year old boys- their resounding verdict was ' fantastic' .... Matthue Roth has retold these tales with care and wonder and they are a joy to read, Rohan Easons illustrations are hypnotic and so finely detailed- loved the 'Franz' tomato ketchup, amongst other subtle touches. I would highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cebula on 26 Feb. 2014
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Illustration is excellent.

Text is fun.

And...arrived quickly and completely unscathed on it's long journey.

Good for your kids and you!
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By glen on 28 Oct. 2014
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Mind blowing! 18 Jun. 2013
By G. Goldbloom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've enjoyed Matthue Roth's work before now, but this morning, his latest work, My First Kafka, arrived and it is beyond incredible. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I ever think I'd be able to introduce my young children to Kafka's Metamorphosis, and yet, through this fabulous book, I now can. The combination of eerily beautiful language and starkly beautiful black and white illustrations is absolutely perfect. This gets my highest recommendation. So fun! For anyone who has ever wanted to introduce their children to the classics of literature at a young age.

Plus, it arrived with a tiny handmade book inside, hand-drawn by the author, that included another brief story. Bonus goodness.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A kid's book for parents 6 Sept. 2013
By Jocelyn Perldeiner - Published on Amazon.com
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Who am I kidding? I didn't think a kid turning 3 would be crazy for Kafka.

This kid's book is a great one for the intellectual parents in your life. Sedate the kid in front of the TV with Spongebob blasting and read yourself this beautiful book. Look around and the shattered remains of your life and fall into a beautifully illustrated pit of existential despair.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Edward Gorey-like illustrations will introduced children to Austrian novelist Kafka's world 14 July 2013
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What, you ask, does the title of this book mean? I did too until a few weeks ago when I had the opportunity to hear the Author (Matthue Roth) read from his book as a century-old synagogue in Philadelphia. Extremely personable and animated in his reading style, he kept the few children in attendance - as well as the adults in attendance - focused on him. And, how a child will perceive this book depends on the person reading it to them. More importantly, while there are characters in the three short stories which Roth "retells", are images children can relate to (bugs, families and young girls), the stories don't really have a plot or an ending and it would take some energy on a parent's part to explain what is really going on.

The slim 32-page book contains three stories written by Franz Kafka. The first, "Excursion in the Mountains" is so short that it only has 116 words and the last one (which was actually the last story that Kafka wrote before he died) is not much longer. The centerpiece is one of Kafka's most well-known: "The Metamorphosis" - a story in three parts. It's here that the black and white illustrations by Rohan Daniel Eason really come into play and children will enjoy the images of the Giant bug which is the "fate" of the character Georg. Eason's drawings remind me a lot of those of Edward Gorey.

Honestly, it's too much to expect someone to try to related to children what is really going on in Kafka's stories. Heck, there are college courses devoted to opinions on the symbols he provides. By Roth and Eason do as good a job as can be expected. If only Roth recorded his reading and provided it as a CD in the book. Then parents could have HIM read the stories to their children same way he did at the reading I attended. (Okay, then it's the parents' turn to answer questions sure to be raised.)

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun way to introduce your kids to Kafka 21 Feb. 2014
By Jrussell424 - Published on Amazon.com
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Or for adults to enjoy! I bought it as one of the Christmas gifts for friends who have two small children. The adults are avid readers raising two more avid readers. They are quirky and I knew they would enjoy and cherish such a unique book. A good buy for anyone who enjoys unusual books.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully illustrated 27 Oct. 2013
By Justin H - Published on Amazon.com
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This beautfuylly illustrated book takes complicated stories and distills them down to their essence for children to read. There are a couple of parts where it skips over some of what might be important, but also makes the stories less dark for younger children.
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