Mon­ster Bar Mitzvah

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By – November 22, 2022

Kids will sure­ly relate to this graph­ic nov­el and its pro­tag­o­nist Eli, the younger broth­er of super-suc­cess­ful Adam, who is spend­ing the sum­mer prepar­ing for his upcom­ing bar mitz­vah. Eli’s friends and fam­i­ly mem­bers are all busy with their own tasks, leav­ing Eli feel­ing neglect­ed. With a lit­tle help” from a mis­chie­vous mon­ster named Brisket, Eli spends his time mess­ing up and get­ting into trou­ble instead of sup­port­ing his fam­i­ly dur­ing a very busy time.

After receiv­ing some encour­ag­ing words from his fam­i­ly, Eli and Brisket step up and become true helpers instead of mis­chief mak­ers. What’s more, Eli even gives his big broth­er the con­fi­dence he needs to lead the Torah ser­vice at his bar mitzvah.

With bright and engag­ing illus­tra­tions, Mon­ster Bar Mitz­vah is a book that all kids will enjoy — but it’ll be a par­tic­u­lar hit among younger siblings.

Paula Chaiken has worked in a vari­ety of capac­i­ties in the Jew­ish world — teach­ing in reli­gious school, curat­ing at the Sper­tus Muse­um and fundrais­ing for the Fed­er­a­tion — for more than twen­ty years. She also runs a bou­tique pub­lic rela­tions con­sult­ing firm and enjoys read­ing all sorts of books with her three sons.

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