Afikoman, Where’d You Go?

A Passover Hide-and-Seek Adventure

Written by Rebecca Gardyn Levington
Illustrated by Noa Kelner
Publisher: Penguin Random House/
Rocky Pond Books
Publication Date: Feb. 20, 2024
Cover credit: Illustrator Noa Kelner
& Book Designer Cerise Steel
ISBN: 978-0593617786
Ages: 4-8

 

Ask any Jewish child what their favorite part of the Passover seder is and they will undoubtedly say “searching for the afikoman!” This ritual, in which a piece of broken matzah is hidden for the kids to find after the meal, is always a huge hit. 

AFIKOMAN, WHERE’D YOU GO? brings this Passover tradition to life — literally. It is Where’s Waldo meets The Gingerbread Man — a fast-paced hide-and-seek romp, starring a silly, sneaky piece of matzah on the run and a group of kids who will not quit until he’s brought back to the seder table. 

Readers are invited to join the hunt by helping the narrator and her family find the clever Afikoman hiding in the illustrations on each page. The book is sprinkled with Hebrew words and includes a glossary where readers can learn more about this fun Jewish tradition.

Download FREE Afikoman, Where’d You Go? Coloring Pages!

Chosen as one of only three Passover picture books on the Association of Jewish Libraries Spring 2024 Holiday Highlights List. Books on this list “exemplify the highest standards of authentic Jewish representation and holiday spirit in both writing and illustration. These books are recommended for use by families, in schools, and in libraries. AJL hopes that the publishing world will look to the quality of these examples when creating new children’s books about Jewish holidays.”

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Written by Rebecca Gardyn Levington
Illustrated by Noa Kelner
Publisher: Penguin Random House/
Rocky Pond Books
Publication Date: Feb. 20, 2024
Cover credit: Illustrator Noa Kelner
& Book Designer Cerise Steel
ISBN: 978-0593617786
Ages: 4-8

 

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Praise for Afikoman, Where’d You Go?

STARRED REVIEW! “This cheerful Passover picture book is Where’s Waldo? meets The Gingerbread Man… Children will find Levington’s singsong, rhyming text delightful… Kelner’s busy illustrations will keep kids happily engaged… VERDICT This fun book could become a Passover classic. A first purchase.”

School Library Journal

“Levington’s bouncy verse propels the plot forward. With rhythm and repetition, this book has the makings of a storytime hit!…Joyful, interactive holiday fun!”

Kirkus Reviews

“…[A] lively tale of seek-and-find.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“If your family’s afikoman search has become a bit stale, this exciting new book should liven things up!”

Jewish Book Council

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