Kayla welcomes young readers into her home for a typical Passover Seder while contending with the antics of her frisky puppy, Kugel.
Kayla is busy getting ready for the dinner and briefly points out some of the key aspects of the holiday, while Kugel’s eagerness to participate has him almost spilling the grape juice, making a mess with the matzah, and stealing the afikomen as soon as Kayla finds it hidden under an easy chair. After the four questions are asked, the story told, and the special foods eaten, a somber-looking Kugel makes sure to remind Kayla that the Seder is not complete without the best part, the concluding songs. As in the introductory Kayla and Kugel (2015), which highlighted Shabbat, it is the family pet that provides both comic relief and a way to keep the central theme on track. Sweet, endearing, colorful illustrations bring out the humor in the actions of the puppy, who is clearly loved as an equal member of his young family. A simple glossary and author’s note with suggestions for simple discussion and some downloadable activities are included.
A good basic introduction for the youngest attendees. (Picture book. 3-5)