'Yiddish with Dick and Jane'
By: Ellis Weiner, Barbara Davilman
(Hardcover / 112 Pages / Little, Brown / ISBN: 0316159727 / $14.95)
Description: Dick and Jane are all grown up, and they're living in the real world-and it's full of tsuris (troubles). That's the premise of this hilarious little book, which functions both as a humorous tale and a genuine guide to a language with a sentiment and world view all its own.
Verdict: Dick, Jane, Sally, Puff and Spot - if you grew up with them as I did, the first thing you'll love about this book is the artwork which is spot on. Our 'friends' have aged as we have and it seems the whole world's now Jewish! The best gems in this precious jewel of book are in the glossary - absolutely hysterical and utterly hip, to boot (but even the authors' notes prompt out-loud guffaws.) These writers are funny, FUNNY people (and a tad twisted but their irreverence is somehow invariably endearing.) A swell, little gift and an indispensable, handy-dandy reference (yiddish words ... they're soooo precise and onomatopoeiaic!) What a treat!
Reviewed by Molly Greening