cover image Peek-a-Boo Passover

Peek-a-Boo Passover

Pamela Mayer, illus. by Viviana Garofoli. Kar-Ben, $7.99 (20p) ISBN 978-1-72842-431-6

This upbeat board book introduction welcomes readers into the home of a family—a child, parents, and a bearded grandparent, all portrayed with white skin—for a peek-a-boo tour of the seder table’s symbolic and culinary elements. (A plump gray cat is also on hand as the child’s wingman.) Mayer sets up each round of the classic game on the right-hand page (“I see...”), often with a close-up of an object; turning the page, readers view the object in a larger context, along with the answer and an explanation (“...a pillow on my chair. We lean back because we are free”) or simple exclamation (“...matzah ball soup. It tastes so good!”). Garofoli’s illustrations have the soft shapes and textures reminiscent of airbrush work, rendering characters with oversize heads, open-mouthed smiles, and a love of gesticulation. It’s like spending Passover with a group of very happy plush toys. Ages up to 4. (Feb.)