The Matzah Man
A Passover Story
By Naomi Howland
(Clarion Books, Library Binding, 9780618117505, 32pp.)
Publication Date: March 2002
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 neighborhoodall of whom are preparing for Passoveron 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 coverand 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.
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.
Those in search of a light-hearted Passover story will find this enjoyable.
The simple story has a pleasant Jewish flavor, and the gouache, collage, and pencil illustrations are well rendered and amusing.
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