Afikoman, Where’d You Go?: A Passover Hide-and-Seek Adventure

Penguin/Rocky Pond. Feb. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780593617786.
K-Gr 3–This cheerful Passover picture book is Where’s Waldo? meets The Gingerbread Man. With loved ones gathered around the table, it’s time for the children to carry out the tradition of searching for the piece of matzah called the afikoman. But there’s a problem! He’s a sneaky little guy, and he has run away from the children! Kelner’s busy illustrations will keep kids happily engaged, searching for the afikoman on every spread. Children will find Levington’s singsong, rhyming text delightful: “Is he hiding somewhere high? Is he hiding somewhere low? Afikoman? Afikoman? Afikoman? WHERE’D YOU GO?” The storyline is simple but effective. The children search diligently for the afikoman, the afikoman continues to escape them and hide, the children find the afikoman. At the end, one character eats all the afikoman without sharing, which provides a talking point for parents in addition to all the fun. Characters’ skin tones are diverse, and a person who uses a wheelchair is included in the illustrations. A glossary helps with Hebrew words.
VERDICT This fun book could become a Passover classic. A first purchase.

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