The Matzah Man

A Passover Story

By Naomi Howland
(Clarion Books, Library Binding, 9780618117505, 32pp.)

Publication Date: March 2002

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Description

In this lively adaptation of “The Gingerbread Boy,” a bold little man made of matzah jumps out of the baker’s oven and leads him and everyone in the neighborhood—all of whom are preparing for Passover—on a merry chase. With colossal chutzpah, the Matzah Man taunts Cousin Tillie as she is cooking brisket, Auntie Bertha trying on her new spring shoes, and Grandpapa Solly making gefilte fish. He at last arrives on the doorstep of clever Mendel Fox, who offers him a hiding place under the Passover matzah cover—and when the seder meal begins, that’s the end of the Matzah Man! As she did in Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat, Naomi Howland has created a humorous tale, charmingly illustrated, that overflows with holiday festivity. Glossary.




About the Author

Naomi Howland is the author and illustrator of several books for children, including The Matzah Man: A Passover Story and Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story. She lives in Claremont, California.




Praise For The Matzah Man

Those in search of a light-hearted Passover story will find this enjoyable.
Kirkus Reviews

The simple story has a pleasant Jewish flavor, and the gouache, collage, and pencil illustrations are well rendered and amusing.
School Library Journal

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