NEW RELEASE: A Fish on my Pillow And A Whack on my Head

April 12, 2019

The telltale knock-knock-knocking on my bedroom door slowly pulls me out of a deep sleep. I claw at the last vestiges of sweet sleep—maybe if I ignore the noise, it will stop and I’ll be able to drop back off to dreamland—but it’s a hopeless cause. The knocking is persistent, and soon it’s followed by a tremulous little voice.

“Ma? I had a bad dream…”

Groan. What was the bad dream about this time? And why, why, why did it have to be now, at 2:57 in the morning, when all I want to do is…(yawn)…go…back…to…sleep…

Sounds familiar? I thought so. Particularly if you’re the parents of imaginative little children, you’ve likely had your fair share of being woken up in middle of the night by fearful whimpering and “Can I come to your bed?” requests.

That’s why you’re going to love A Fish on my Pillow And A Whack on my Head. Here is an adorable children’s book that will actually help your little ones combat the very common childhood problem of having bad dreams at night. In a fun and entertaining way, kids will learn, as Ruvi does in this story, that imagination is a gift, and it’s an amazing tool that can be used to slay yucky nightmares, giving your kids—and hopefully you!—a peaceful night’s sleep…at last!

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NEW RELEASE: Price Tags

April 11, 2019

Pesach might seem like a funny season to release a novel called Price Tags. Is there any season more costly than Pesach time? Between the matzah and all the pricey Pesach foods, and the new clothing for the family, and the new shoes, and all the cleaning help, etc., etc., whew—money sure is being spent!

But actually, that’s exactly what Price Tags is all about. It’s the gripping story of a family that “has it made” financially, and spends their money accordingly…and then their world gets turned on its head.

Oh, but this is not your typical “riches to rags” story—no, not at all. Because the characters—especially Yoni Greenstark—have so much background and baggage, which makes the plot so rich (no pun intended!) and multi-colored…

If you’re the kind of reader who enjoys “food for thought” novels, and you’re a fan of Ariella Schiller’s beautiful and emotionally-laden writing…then you’re absolutely going to LOVE Price Tags. Because this is one book that’s got it all—drama, a solid plot, lots of emotion, and some very important messages to think about.

Treat yourself this Pesach. You’ve worked hard…give yourself the gift of a good book to curl up with and enjoy, once all the cleaning/shopping/cooking is behind you. Buy a copy of Price Tags, and allow its magic to rejuvenate you!

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NEW RELEASE: Modeh Ani, I Thank Hashem

April 10, 2019

“The cow is in the barn…it goes moo, moo.

The train is on the track…it goes choo, choo.

The bird is in the tree…it goes tweet, tweet.

All are saying Modeh Ani!”

If you’re humming along while reading these lines, then you probably have Uncle Moishy and Torah Island CDs playing constantly in your house and car. (Guilty as charged…) That Modeh Ani song is a great one, as are all the Modeh Ani songs out there that your nursery kids come home singing.

But when it comes to books on this important topic of thanking Hashem for His many kindnesses…well, there really aren’t too many of them. It was this dearth that made us so excited about Modeh Ani—I Thank HashemHere is an adorable children’s book that focuses specifically on the first tefillah that we say each morning immediately upon opening our eyes: Modeh Ani!

With cheerful and bright illustrations on each page, Modeh Ani—I Thank Hashem first explains, in a very age-appropriate way, what our neshamah is, and how it goes up to Hashem at night when we sleep and then returns to us each morning. The book then goes on to detail how much Hashem loves us all, and that is why He gives us our loving family…our eyes…our mouths…our feet…and a new day full of opportunities to serve Him.

Reading this book will fill your child with love in return for Hashem, and with appreciation to Him for showering us with so much good, and for believing in our ability to use that good properly. Modeh Ani…I thank Hashem!

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RECENT RELEASE: Metamorphosis

March 26, 2019

About fifteen years ago, I attended a most unusual wedding. The chassan and kallah were both Lubavitch, as were the kallah’s parents and extended family, but almost all of the chassan’s extended family were Bobover chassidim. I’m not sure exactly which family members had “defected” to the other chassidus and when, but what I do know is that the wedding was a truly joyous and memorable event, with both Lubavitcher and Bobover chassidim dancing merrily together. White socks mingled with black socks, shtreimlach with bent-down hats, and, in the ladies’ section, regular sheitels were interspersed with shpitzlach and covered sheitlach.

And I remember thinking: What gadlus that Klal Yisrael has the capacity to do this! What inner strength these people must have, to look past their family members who turned their back on their chassidus and chose another one instead, and nevertheless join them in dancing together and being mesamei’ach chassan v’kallah!

Metamorphosis, by Dr. Zev Zalenko, reminded me of that wedding.

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RECENT RELEASE: You’ll Be A Survivor

January 1, 2019

Random question: If you were able to somehow return to your high school days, would you?
I didn’t think so.

And, by the way, it’s not like I had a miserable high school experience. Baruch Hashem I was a good student, and I had my circle of friends. Yes, I admit to being studious and letting the heavy homework load and test schedule drive me just a little bit batty—but I don’t think that’s why I wouldn’t want to go back to being a high school student.

It’s the politics that come along with high school. The intensity of it all. The fear of being seen walking to the drinking fountain alone (Will people think I don’t have friends?); the hyperventilating if you find yourself wearing the wrong kind of ensemble for School Shabbos; the self-consciousness of eating a piece of cake in public, because what if people think I don’t care about my weight? And on and on… It’s enough to drive a mature adult really batty!

So yeah, I’m glad those high school years are over and done with, and we’re on to bigger and better things in life.

But sometimes, it’s good to be reminded of what exactly high school life is all about, even if only to be grateful that you’re no longer in that era. And if you are a high school girl still in the thick of those years, it’s incredibly validating to read an outsider’s perspective of it.

That’s why I think You’ll Be a Survivor is such a phenomenal book. In this novel, where the main characters are a tenth grader and a twelfth grader, the author really gets it. She gets the whole peer pressure syndrome, the need for friends’ validation…everything that goes into being a modern-day high school girl. And she takes that knowledge and creates an emotional  and suspenseful storyline around it. The book is incredibly relatable, and pulses with real-life drama in a way that truly touches the reader, no matter what stage of life she may be at.

Take my word for it: if you’re a teenager, or the mother of one, or even if you’re neither—you’ll love You’ll Be a Survivor.

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RECENT RELEASE: When I Am an Abba

December 26, 2018

When I Am an Abba

Do you have a kid (or two, or three…) who is a black and white thinker?
You know the type. You tell him he needs to share his toys with his friends, and the next thing you know, he’s giving away all of his stuff to them. But then when you tell him, “You can’t give away that game that Bubby gave you!” he looks at you with big, innocent eyes and says, “But you told me that I need to share!”

Yeah, kind of like Amelia Bedelia, only without the idioms.

If you’re nodding along with this and thinking, Yup, that’s my child, then you—and your child—will love When I Am an Abba.

This book is a great way to teach kids why they need to follow rules. Parents don’t tell their children to wear a coat when going outside in the cold, or that they must clean up their toys, for no reason, or simply because they like bossing their children around. Believe it or not, kids, there is a lot of seichel behind the rules your parents make for you!

Yet for all of those literal, black-and-white-thinking kind of kids, whose thought process goes, If it’s so important to wear a coat now, then I must need to wear a coat always, always, this book allows for the child’s common sense to kick in and save the situation—all in a light and fun way. Yes, it’s important to wear a coat when it’s zero degrees outside, but bundling up on a hot summer day? Not such a good idea…

Let your kids enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun and giggles with this delightful  book, by popular children’s author Dishy Shiffman!

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RECENT RELEASE: Tech Talk

December 20, 2018

Here is an experiment you can try at home.

Keep your cell phone on hand—in your pocketbook, on the counter near you, wherever you want—but don’t look at it for a complete hour. Not even a peek. Not even if it rings and buzzes and pings away. Let all those calls go to voice mail, let all those texts go unread, until the hour is up.

Could you do that?

Not so easy, right?

The crazy thing is that many people are not even aware of how technology dictates their choices; how it rules their lives in so many ways.

And that is why Tech Talk, by Aliza Feder, is such a must-read.

Whether we like it or not, technology is here to stay. But that doesn’t mean our free choice is gone and that we must go with the flow of the technology-obsessed world around us. We can take a stand, have a long, hard look at technology and at what it does to us, and then decide for ourselves whether or not we will submit to the lure of the Smartphone and all that comes along with it.

In this book, that’s exactly what Malka, Sarit, Mina, Zahava, Rochel, and Mordechai did. These six brave souls kept a running journal of their use of technology and their thoughts and feelings about it, over the course of a year-and were astounded at their discoveries through their journeys. No, they weren’t throwing out their phones or cutting themselves off from society at the end of the “experiment,” yet each of them, being honest, thinking individuals, found tremendous room for growth as they explored their inner world via these journals.

You, too, can gain much inspiration and food for thought from their candidness. Written by a beloved high school teacher and magazine columnist, Tech Talk is the book of choice for all those seeking an honest take on the affect of technology in our lives.

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