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Carl Harris Shuman

New Book!

Early grade chapter book series from

Apples & Honey Press


By Carl Harris Shuman

Illustrated by

C.B.Decker (Books 1 and 2)

Rory Walker and Michael Garton (Book 3)

Apples & Honey Press, an imprint of Behrman House

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Book Cover Max Builds a Time Machine

Book 1: Max Builds a Time Machine

ISBN 978-1-68115-568-5

Hardcover chapter book, 48 pp, $16.95

Color illustrations; Ages 6-8

When Max time-travels to meet the biblical Abraham and Sarah, he learns the value of welcoming strangers--including Emma, a new girl in his class.

Book 3: Max and the Not-So-Perfect Apology

ISBN: 9781681156156
Publisher: Apples & Honey Press
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 64, Language: English

Color illustrations; Ages 6-8

When Max wants to travel back in time to find out what really happened between the rival Biblical brothers Jacob and Esau he is disappointed that his friend Emma doesn't want to join him this time. She is too busy with her new friend Eitan. Max is jealous. Will their friendship survive?


Fans of Max and Emma will be delighted to have a third story in this early grade chapter book series.

Book Cover Max and Emma Cross the Red Sea

Book 2: Max and Emma Cross the Red Sea

ISBN 978-1-68115-572-2

Hardcover chapter book, 56 pp, $16.95

Color Illustrations; Ages 6-8

Max and his new friend Emma time-travel to see Moses and the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. Together they learn some important lessons about faith, courage, and believing in yourself. PASSOVER theme.

"Shuman’s work has gained him recognition outside his own religious community, notably by PJ Library, a project of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Since its inception in 2005, the organization has distributed an age-appropriate book monthly to its subscribers in the United States and Canada, a total approaching 20 million books to date." Read more...


Harvey Freedenberg, The Burg Magazine

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PJ Library has chosen Max Builds a Time Machine as its June 2022 selection for seven year olds!

PJ Library has chosen Max and Emma Cross the Red Sea as its Passover 2023 selection for seven year olds!

PJ Library has chosen Max and the Not-So-Perfect Apology its May 2024 selection for seven year olds!

"Easy-to-read lan­guage and col­or­ful illus­tra­tions make these two time-trav­el adven­ture tales ... excel­lent intro­duc­tions to bib­li­cal char­ac­ters. Read more...

Michal Malen of The Jewish Book Council

"A masterpiece! This delightful story is great for a child who's a bit reluctant to recite the Four Questions to an audience or stammering a bit like Moses. It would also be good for a teacher or parent to read aloud!" Read more...

Sandy Wasserman, teacher of 35 years, public and Solomon Schechter Day School

About Carl

Carl Shuman portrait as an adult

This is how others see me...

Carl Shuman on a bike as a child

This is how I see myself...

Although no one believes me, I am really only four years old, maybe five. Unfortunately, I am trapped in the body of an overweight, balding man with a beard and moustache.

Get in Touch

Thanks for reaching out!

Do you want to schedule a Reading or a Talk about why I am writing these books? Contact me!

Do you have an idea for a new Torah Time Travel Adventure? Contact me!

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