Mendel’s Hanukkah Mess Up

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Title: Mendel's Hanukkah Mess Up
Contributors: Chana & Larry Stiefel (Authors), Daphna Awadish (Illustrator)
Published by: Kalaniot
Release Date: October 25, 2022
Pages: 32
ISBN13: 978-1735087573

Mendel is always messing up. So, no one is more surprised than he, when the rabbi asks him to drive the Mitzvah Mobile through the streets of New York and invite everyone to the Hanukkah Bash. What if he messes up again? But as Mendel begins to spread the joy of the holiday, he learns that mistakes can happen and sometimes the results can be miraculous.





Awards & Praise

"A tale of affectionate ineptitude"—The Wall Street Journal (read the full review)

"This fun, unique Hanukkah story is one that stands out. A must-purchase for holiday collections."
School Library Journal, starred review (read the full review)

"Like applesauce on a latke."—Publisher's Weekly (read the full review)

Mendel's Hanukkah Mess Up was included in Hadassah Magazine's Best Hanukkah Books for Kids.


"A fun story, with illustrations that are imaginative, engaging and detailed."—The Jewish Independent
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Interviews with Chana & Larry Stiefel


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