Monthly Archives: July 2014

Interview with M. C. Millman

As I began posting my boys’ favorite books, I realized that quite a few had something in common – the author, M. C. Millman.  Thankfully, she wasn’t hard to track down, and even better, she graciously agreed to answer my questions!

What inspired you to write for boys, and when?  Which was the first book that resulted from that inspiration?

I wasn’t really “inspired” to write for boys, nor do I write for boys exclusively (take my Classified Information series for instance), but since I started out writing for boys, it seems I have that reputation. In fact, one of my daughters had a hard time convincing her bunkmates in camp that M. C. Millman was indeed her mother since the girls were so certain M. C. was a man.

My publisher did accomplish what he wanted by using my initials. He felt that boys would be less likely to read a book that a woman had written, so he asked me to pick a pen name. I was in a panic about what name to use until my husband offered the most logical solution: use my initials – problem solved.

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Braid the Challah on PJ Library

We’re proud to share that Braid the Challah, by Beily Paluch, was the June 2014 featured book for age 2-3 with PJ Library, a program that ships free books to Jewish families across North America. The book was reprinted in a special 8 x 8″ format, making it even more fun to read and act out.c9ae3f82-879c-4d37-9172-d9d539fed8aa

PJ Library is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, made possible through partnerships with philanthropists and local Jewish organizations. Today, families in hundreds of communities across the United States and Canada are able to explore the timeless core values of Judaism through books and music.

All families raising Jewish children from age six months of age through five, six, seven or eight years (depending on the community) are welcome to sign up.


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This a laugh-out-loud book for lower elementary boys (and their mothers)!  What’s the answer to a boy who keeps losing his shoes?  Hi-tech, voice-activated, GPS-equipped, lock-to-feet Supershoes!

Boys will be pulled right into the action, which builds around the central plot: Can Avi outwit his shoes?

Our nine year old reviewer gives this book five stars!

[SuperShoes, Sara R. Cohen, Judaica Press]

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Why Mothers of Boys Should Buy Stock in…Batteries!

“Good bye”, I wish my son.  “Enjoy.  We’ll miss you.  You’re going away for eight weeks!”

“Nah,” he says.  “Don’t worry, there will be a blackout, and I’ll come home for a Shabbos.”

Blackout? There might be a blackout, but I know that your camp does not run on electricity.  Between the two of us, it runs on batteries.  How do I know?  Because  I bought a case each of AA and AAA batteries, and half are already gone.

So let me remind you where all those batteries are, and why it shouldn’t affect you at all if there is a blackout.

1. Flashlights

You have a big flashlight for going to campfire and other nighttime escapades, a small flashlight for finding your yarmulka under your bed, and a ‘book light’ that you got as a prize and can use for saying Shema after curfew.  Actually, you even have a little kriyas shema that lights up when you open it, a gift from your cousin who stayed by us last week.  Three AAA batteries in that one!

2. Fans

it’s true that the mandatory six-inch fan, part of your basic camp survival kit, has a plug.  However, you also have an invisible fan you can stick your hand through (from your rebbe), a fan that also sprays water (from your English teacher), a double fan that spins (the one that didn’t work until you dissected it, connected the wires, and put it back together), and a fan that is also a flashlight.

3. Cameras

Believe it or not, you also won a camera…it uses regular (non-rechargeable) batteries.

4. Alarm clocks

Don’t get me started on alarm clocks!  I’m going to save this topic for a separate post of its own.  Suffice it to say that a guest sleeping in your room when we forgot to turn off the whole line-up of alarm clocks (starting at 5:30 am), chose to sleep elsewhere the next night…so obviously, more batteries in those!

5. CD Player

Your camp doesn’t allow iPods or MP3 players, so you used your reward money from collecting tzedakah on Purim to buy a CD Player.  Of course, you didn’t leave any change over for batteries.

So tell me, please, why you should come home if there’s a blackout!