Written by Menahem Halberstadt
Translated by Romy Ronen
Book available from October 2023
- Teaches children gratitude and acceptance for the little things in life
- Portrays a heart-warming relationship between a dad and his daughter
- Written and illustrated by the award-winning Israeli author and illustrator Menahem Halberstadt
- Beautifully illustrated throughout
Every night, Dora’s dad puts her to bed, but tonight Dora doesn’t want to go to sleep yet, so instead she decides to ask her dad a question. “Just one more thing . . . and then bedtime!”
What Dora and her dad didn’t know is that once you start wondering about the universe and the reasons why things are the way they are in the world, you will find yourself asking one question after the other.
Dora’s dad answers every question she has, but as the clock ticks and time goes by, will Dora continue asking questions or will sleep finally allow them both to continue dreaming?
A heart-warming tale about how children will do anything to delay their bedtime and how we will never run out of things to be curious and grateful for.
Menahem Halberstadt began to draw when he was at school, scribbling in notebooks and creating funny creatures and characters. Later, he studied painting and drawing under the instruction of the famous Israeli artists Leonid Balaklav and Aram Gershuni. Following this, he studied animation at the Bezalel Academy and graphic design at Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem. He works as an illustrator with a number of publishing houses and lives in Israel with his wife and four children. His books for Green Bean Books include A Basket Full of Figs, The Donkey and the Garden and But Perhaps, Just Maybe.
‘With a vibe reminiscent of the cartoon Bluey, a simple bedtime turns into a philosophical flight of fancy. Dad tries to put Naomi and the baby to bed, while patiently responding to his daughter’s many gratitudes: that we only have two legs so we don’t have to find three socks, that Shabbat comes every seven days so we don’t get exhausted, and so on. Cleverly humorous illustrations show the kids perking up as the dad succumbs to sleep, where they finally join him for a cuddle. Dad’s tshirt is emblazoned with a hamsa and the word “MAZAL” – luck, subtly reinforcing the theme of everyday miracles. Translated from Hebrew, the frontispiece retains a Hebrew and English prayer thanking God for making things just as they are, a perfect fit for this uniquely charming story.’ — My Completely Unofficial 2024 Sydney Taylor Book Award Shortlist, The Book of Life podcast