By: Rabbi Joe Black
Illustrted by: Linda Prater
Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing
Publication Date: March 2011
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: March 2011
It is Pesach time and the family has gathered around the table to read from the haggadah and eat the Pesach seder meal. There are four questions to be asked, “But before the seder’s done … / I’m gonna find it / I’m gonna find it / Gonna find the afikomen.” The children search high and low looking for it. One boy looks under a carpet while the dog looks on, while another girl peeks under the couch. Is it under the dog dish? Perhaps it could be hidden in the closet, but there is no doubt that someone will find the afikomen before seder is done.
There are many things to eat at the Pesach seder like charoset and karpas. Everyone gathers round when the story of the Exodus is read from the haggadah. “The bitter herbs they / make my eyes go crossed! / But when I find the afikomen, / I’m the boss.” Is it in the bureau drawer? Everyone is anxious to be the one who finds it and children scamper around the house searching for it. There are so many different places that it can be hidden, but where is it going to be this year? Mmmmm, who is gonna find it? Will it be you?
The rhyming sequence doesn’t miss a beat and the afikomen mambo is extraordinarily catching. The accompanying CD, “Afkikomen Mambo,” would be the perfect music to play during the actual hunt for the afikomen. The artwork is colorful, amusing, delightful, and readily catches the excitement of the hunt as children scramble throughout the house hoping that they will be *the* one to find the afikomen. Rabbi Joe Black really has a winner with this book and if you’d like to add a bit more adventure and fun to your Pesach seder, this is one book you should add to your list!
Quill says: This amazing afikomen story in rhyme is an exciting way for children to learn about Pesach and the story of the Exodus.