Local Attorney Self-Publishes Debut Children’s Book
Once upon a time, when Jay Bernstein’s children were little, he read them bedtime stories to help them fall asleep. But the stories usually put him to sleep as well.
“I was always looking for books that were simple, but edgy and fun,” says Bernstein, a Ranchleigh resident.
He also had one other criterion in mind — he wanted to read his kids “books with Jewish themes.” But the Jewish children’s books he found tended to be “simple but not very fun.”
So Bernstein picked up his sketchpad to draw and write his own Jewish children’s books, the ones he wanted to read to his kids — but with his sense of humor.
Now, at age 60, Bernstein has dusted off the books that had been “sitting in a box in the closet” all these years and self-published his first children’s book. Bernstein describes his style as “Dr. Seuss with a Jewish theme,” and the title of his book “Shlufferville” (CreateSpace) strongly suggests just that.