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Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf
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Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf

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.

Awards for I Need My Monster
Alabama Camellia Award (2010-2011)
Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award (2011)
California Young Readers Medal (2011-12)
Georgia Picture Storybook Award (2011-12)
Nevada Young Reader Award (2011-12)
Virginia Reader's Choice Primary Award (2012-13)

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.

Awards for I Need My Monster
Alabama Camellia Award (2010-2011)
Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award (2011)
California Young Readers Medal (2011-12)
Georgia Picture Storybook Award (2011-12)
Nevada Young Reader Award (2011-12)
Virginia Reader's Choice Primary Award (2012-13)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 26, 2016
    With exaggerated drawings reminiscent of Mad magazine spoofs, McWilliam (When a Dragon Moves In) makes the most of newcomer Wolfe’s comical story. After discovering that some “quite good” children aren’t getting visits from Santa, an elf named Shmelf learns what’s up from the head elf, who tells him, “of course you don’t know, since you’re still quite newish,/ But the kids on this list are actually Jewish.” Intrigued, Shmelf does some reconnaissance at a Jewish home where Hanukkah is in joyous swing, then gets himself appointed the Hanukkah elf—complete with a blue and white costume, a Jewish reindeer named Asher, and a mandate to make Hanukkah a little more “magical.” Three cheers for Shmelf for recognizing that “Hanukkah’s awesome! I’m totally in,” though it may rankle some families to see the Santa juggernaut expand to include Hanukkah, too. Ages 3–6.

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