Maxie is in love with K’tonton, a vintage Jewish children’s book character. I wrote about K’tonton’s history for Tablet magazine this week.
I too loved the K’tonton books as a kid. Sadly, unlike Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books, they don’t hold up all that well — in this adult’s opinion, anyway. I’ll be doing an All-of-a-Kind family story soon — I still loved those stories upon rereading them with Josie. (Chocolate babies! “Borrowing” and staining your sister’s dress! Tea-dyeing! Getting lost at Coney Island! Accepting the Christmas charity doll! Going to the settlement library! Finding the pennies Mama hid to encourage thorough cleaning!) So yay.