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Just one more thing… and then bedtime (Paperback)

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By Menahem Halberstadt, Translated by Romy Ronen
Imprint: Green Bean Books
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781784389475
Published: 3rd October 2023

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Every night, Dora’s dad puts her to bed, but tonight Dora doesn’t want to go to sleep yet, so instead she decides to ask her dad a question. "Just one more thing . . . and then bedtime!”

What Dora and her dad didn’t know is that once you start wondering about the universe and the reasons why things are the way they are in the world, you will find yourself asking one question after the other.

Dora’s dad answers every question she has, but as the clock ticks and time goes by, will Dora continue asking questions or will sleep finally allow them both to continue dreaming?

A heart-warming tale about how children will do anything to delay their bedtime and how we will never run out of things to be curious and grateful for.

With all the wonders of the universe to experience each day, why would any child welcome bedtime? Author and illustrator Menahem Halberstadt acknowledges this wrinkle in his warm, humorous picture book, which opens with the Hebrew blessing that thanks God for the wonders of creation… . Halberstadt captures the blessing of the natural world’s gifts, as experienced by one fortunate family.

Emily Schneider, Jewish Book Council

'With a vibe reminiscent of the cartoon Bluey, a simple bedtime turns into a philosophical flight of fancy. Dad tries to put Naomi and the baby to bed, while patiently responding to his daughter's many gratitudes: that we only have two legs so we don't have to find three socks, that Shabbat comes every seven days so we don't get exhausted, and so on. Cleverly humorous illustrations show the kids perking up as the dad succumbs to sleep, where they finally join him for a cuddle. Dad's tshirt is emblazoned with a hamsa and the word "MAZAL" - luck, subtly reinforcing the theme of everyday miracles. Translated from Hebrew, the frontispiece retains a Hebrew and English prayer thanking God for making things just as they are, a perfect fit for this uniquely charming story.’

My Completely Unofficial 2024 Sydney Taylor Book Award Shortlist, The Book of Life podcast

This is a cute tale of one exhausted father trying to get his wide-awake household off to sleepyland. The oldest child keeps up a running list of astute and amusing observances that Dad must ponder, which further tires him out. I'm sure any parent who has struggled to get a young one down at night will sympathize, and enjoy this book.

NetGalley, Mel Kownacki

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book pulled up my heartstrings. It is an easy children’s book to read before bed, but I also talked about how no matter who your parents are, if they are both men or both women, or if they identify something different, or they have any race or their disability that the love the parent has, for the child is unconditional and unmoving and it’s just absolutely beautiful. I didn’t think a children’s book touch my heart so well, but it did, and I would 100% recommend.

NetGalley, remi wilde

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Laugh out loud story of childhood imagination and stubborn nature. The Wild stories of this very informative thought divergent discussion is totally hilariously. As this child brings to mind many of the questions we all have thought but never had the ability to say.

NetGalley, theresa hulongbayan

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This book is adorable. It's about all the ways kids keep themselves and us as parents up at night. It has cool illustrations of all the imaginings in the book.

NetGalley, Nichole Folkman

This is a cute story about a very large father who is trying to put his two very small children to bed.

Unsuccessfully.

Because each time he makes an attempt to get them to settle, his little girl comes up with "just one more thing" she needs to discuss before bedtime! And in the end, he cracks before they do...

The illustrations are quirky and very appealing and the story has a great deal of humour. The questions the little girl comes up with are as unique as they are creative. Enjoyable.

NetGalley, Farah Ghuznavi

About Menahem Halberstadt

Menahem Halberstadt studied painting and drawing under the instruction of the famous Israeli artists Leonid Balaklav and Aram Gershuni. Following this, he studied animation at the Bezalel Academy and graphic design at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem. He works as an illustrator with a number of publishing houses in Israel and lives in Israel with his wife and four children.


About Romy Ronen

Romy Ronen was born and raised in NYC and graduated from the dual degree program at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she studied Film and Media and Jewish Literature, respectively. Ronen completed her Masters in Jewish Studies at Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2023 at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies (IIJS). Ronen is a ‘36 Under 36’ Honoree, chosen by the Jewish Week/Times of Israel as one of the 2020 36 top Jewish innovators, activists and visionaries, and is grateful to have received numerous awards for her activities, published Op-Eds, and other written work. Bilingual in both Hebrew and English, Ronen is passionate about translating, and has experience in translating books, articles, essays, and creative writing from Hebrew to English.

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