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Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf - by Greg Wolfe (Hardcover)

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About the Book

In this delightfully inventive holiday tale, an elf named Shmelf takes a journey from the North Pole . . . and discovers all the joys of Hanukkah.

Book Synopsis

In this delightfully inventive holiday tale, an elf named Shmelf takes a journey from the North Pole . . . and discovers all the joys of Hanukkah.

Shmelf is one of Santa's most important elves. He's part of the List Checking department, and he makes sure all the good boys and girls get their presents! But when Shmelf finds out that some children are missing from Santa's list, he goes to investigate.

What Shmelf uncovers is Hanukkah, a wondrous and joyful holiday that Jewish families celebrate each year. As Shmelf observes a family lighting the menorah, playing dreidel, and hearing the Hanukkah story, he sees how special the traditions of the holiday truly are--and he wants to be a part of it! Luckily, Santa just might have a special role in mind for Shmelf . . .

The rich traditions of Hanukkah come to life in this whimsical and magical story that's perfect for the holiday season.

Review Quotes

Wolfe's comedic rhymes paired with McWilliam's painterly illustrations make for a joyful, modern mashup of two grand holiday traditions. -

This good-natured fable is a jolly way for kids of any faith to learn about the Jewish holiday. - USA Today

Three cheers for Shmelf for recognizing that 'Hanukkah's awesome! I'm totally in.' - Publishers Weekly

Moore has a light, sure touch, and she gives McWilliam (I Need My Monster) plenty of room to exercise his considerable gifts for operatic expressiveness and expertly choreographed physical humor. - Publishers Weekly on WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN

Colorful, cartoony illustrations brim with humor . . . deadpan text is sure to illicit giggles. - Kirkus Reviews on WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN

Dramatic in perspective, McWilliam's exaggerated, digitally colored art renders the monsters in a spectrum of neon hues and outlandish shapes. The collaborators ably balance some bedtime chills with humor, and Ethan's enthusiasm for his monster should prove infectious. - Publishers Weekly on I NEED MY MONSTER

A clever anxiety-defuser and an unusually well done double-debut. - Kirkus Reviews on I NEED MY MONSTER

About The Author

Greg Wolfe was raised a nice Jewish boy who also happened to be a true believer in Santa, elves, and flying reindeer. Greg lives in Southern California with his wife and young son (for whom he wrote Shmelf, to prove that Santa believes in him too).

Howard McWilliam left his career as a financial journalist and editor to draw pictures instead. He has illustrated eight other picture books, including I Need My Monster, which won seven state reader awards and been translated into five languages. He lives in Cheltenham, England, with his wife and two young sons.

Dimensions (Overall): 9.9 Inches (H) x 11 Inches (W) x .4 Inches (D)
Weight: 1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Holidays & Celebrations
Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Greg Wolfe
Book theme: Hanukkah
Language: English
Street Date: June 16, 2020
TCIN: 51655127
UPC: 9781619635210
Item Number (DPCI): 059-03-8875
Origin: Made in the USA
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Estimated ship dimensions: 1 inches length x 11 inches width x 9.9 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1 pounds
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Q: Since when do elves have anything to do with the story of Hanukkah and the jewish faith? Elves are Christmas based and trying to be pushed into judaism just like the commercialization of holidays. I don't appreciate it.

submitted by - 3 years ago
  • A: Sir, this is a Wendy's.

    submitted byEmma Green - 3 years ago
4.3 out of 5 stars with 7 reviews
75% would recommend
4 recommendations

Offensive on so many levels

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
Ando - 27 days ago
THIS BOOK IS NOT A GOOD GIFT FOR JEWICH CHILDREN!!! This book reduces Chanukah and Judaism into "Christmas for them”. This book does not teach about diversity or about other cultures. This book communicates to children that Christianity and Santa Claus are an absolute truth, and that any other religious observances are just silly and need to be maintained by a Christian elf. Avoid this book!! I hope Greg Wolfe and Howard McWilliam accidentally made this book form a place of ignorance, since it feels as if this book was made from spite and malice for Jews.
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Awesome Book

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Mommy101 - 2 years ago, Verified purchaser
Very cute book that simplifies the traditions and beliefs of Hanukkah for our little guy.
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Emma Green - 7 years ago
We're a fully Jewish family who also really enjoy the secular parts of Christmas -- Santa, etc. This book perfectly celebrates being Jewish but with a nod to the fact that we can still have a little fun believing in Santa and elves!
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Great for our family!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Carrie Jordan - 7 years ago
I'm Jewish and my husband isn't. I hate to admit it, but we definitely go more towards the Christian side come the holiday season because, SANTA! Who doesn't want Santa in their lives? We are able to celebrate Christmas with the in-laws, but I never knew how to also incorporate our Jewish roots without making it sound like we were picking a side. This book TOTALLY helps me do both. I wasn't going to read this to my kids until December but there is so much magic leading up to the holidays, not just the "main event". After I read it to my son, he asked, "Can we please celebrate Hanukkah this year?" (Could have something to do with getting 8 presents---but we still get to incorporate both holidays that are meaningful to both my husband and I and that's a win in my book!)
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