Spring 2024

Sophie's Monster Goes to Shul

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

“Why are you crying?” Sophie asks the imaginary monster in her closet. “You’re not afraid of me anymore,” the monster says. “No one else can see or hear me. I need a new job.” He follows Sophie to breakfast, out to Bubbe and Zayde’s car, and to the shul. At synagogue, Bubbe helps lead the service. “She’s kvelling,” Sophie says to the monster. “I want to kvell,” he says, and they join in the singing. Then Sophie uses her imagination to write a story about her monster. Suddenly, he isn’t scary anymore, and he’s no longer sitting beside her. He’s in the pages of her story and now everyone can see him.

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2024-03-05
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV051000, JUV052000, JUV033020
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 9.75 x 9.75
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Author: Sandy Asher

Sandy Asher has authored over two dozen books for young readers, including With All My Heart, With All My Mind: 13 Stories about Growing Up Jewish, winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature. She lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with her husband, cat Friday and dog Gracie. Sandy and Gracie love visiting Lancaster Public Library as a KPETS Therapy Dog Team.

Illustrator: Alexandra Colombo

Alexandra Colombo has illustrated more than 200 books in countries around the world. She loves walking in nature and she loves animals, especially her dogs Kay, Ubi and Ary. She and her dogs work with a rescue dog unit, searching for missing persons in the woods and after natural disasters. She lives in Milan, Italy.

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School Library Journal

“Recommended as a read-aloud for preschoolers and a warm introduction to one joyful aspect of Jewish life.”—School Library Journal

Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

“Wonderful text and bright, fun illustrations will delight preschoolers to early readers.”—Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Lilith Magazine

“Adorably illustrated picture book.”—Lilith Magazine

The Reporter

“Cute and a bit silly…Clever and satisfying.”—The Reporter (Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton)