Rabbi Harvey vs. the Wisdom Kid
Rabbi Harvey’s First Book-Length Adventure and Toughest Challenge
In his colorful career on the Rocky Mountain frontier, Rabbi Harvey has matched wits with a variety of villains—most notably the sweet-faced “Bad Bubbe” Bloom, and the self-proclaimed genius “Big Milt” Wasserman. In this exciting new volume, these two formidable foes team up to try to rid the West of Rabbi Harvey once and for all. The key to their evil scheme: Bad Bubbe’s darling son, Rabbi “Wisdom Kid” Rubin, newly arrived from back East. He’s young. He’s clever. He’s eager to take Harvey’s place. But is he fast enough on the draw—the wisdom draw, that is—to take the town from Rabbi Harvey?
The hilarious, action-packed plot draws on classic Jewish folktales, Talmudic teachings and the timeless wisdom of the wise men of Chelm. As always, Rabbi Harvey protects his town and delivers justice, wielding only the weapons of wisdom, wit and a bit of trickery. He also gets a bit of help from Abigail, the town’s quick-thinking school teacher—a woman, it appears, who just may have captured his heart.
Praise for Steve Sheinkin’s Work
“When I was a kid, my father told me tales of The Wise Men of Chelm, and Steve Sheinkin’s [tales of Rabbi Harvey] could be right out of those stories, except that Rabbi Harvey is too smart. It took me all of five minutes to get used to some of the strangest art I have ever seen in a comic, and then I started chuckling and couldn’t stop until I finished the book. Read this book for the humor, for the wisdom, for the great old cowboy songs, for the strange art.”
—Trina Robbins, comics critic and historian, author of The Great Women Cartoonists
“Endearing…. Older teens and adults will laugh and learn watching Harvey at work.”
—Jewish Book World
“For every kid who ever sneaked a comic book into the synagogue, there is a new hero—Rabbi Harvey, who tamed the Old West with Jewish wisdom and humor. I’m hiding a copy of this book in my tallis bag, hoping my kids will find it!”
—Rabbi Edward Feinstein, author of Tough Questions Jews Ask: A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life
“Harvey’s adventures are so much fun you hardly realize you’re learning anything until it’s too late…. In the tradition of great Jewish humor, self-deprecating one-liners and deadpan delivery abound. Kids of all ages will love Harvey’s sugary wisdom and wit.”
“Rabbi Harvey tames the West with wisdom on one hip, humor on the other.”
—Stan Mack, author of The Story of the Jews: A 4,000-Year Adventure—A Graphic History Book
“Sheinkin has a comedian’s flair for the ridiculous (and I mean that in a good way). That, coupled with his whimsical illustrations, makes The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey a hilarious read!”
—Arie Kaplan, author of Masters of the Comic Book Universe Revealed!
“With a blend of concise illustrations and snappy banter Steve Sheinkin pioneers Jewish folklore in novel directions. A friendly starter for readers of all ages wishing to explore Judaic parables of logic and wit. A jovial read that left me smiling.”
—JT Waldman, author of Megillat Esther
“Regardless of one’s religious or cultural background, Rabbi Harvey has insight to pass on to everyone.”
“Imparts so much memorable, useful and enjoyable wisdom. And you gotta love the cartoons that deliver homey Jewish Yiddishkeit in a post-modern format. Move over Aesop’s Fables, make room for Rabbi Harvey’s tales.”
—Shulamit Reinharz, PhD, Brandeis University, coauthor of The JGirl’s Guide: The Young Jewish Woman’s Handbook for Coming of Age
“Inspired by Talmud and popular Jewish folktales, this history of a rabbi dressed as a sheriff illustrates the virtues of tolerance and sharing. It is also a masterpiece of humor.”