cover image Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space

Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space

Brianna Caplan Sayres, illus. by Merrill Rainey. Intergalactic Afikoman, $18.95 (40p) ISBN 978-1-951365-00-4

Asteroid Goldberg and her family won’t be able to land their spaceship in time for Passover, and the grown-ups are clueless about what to do next. Not Asteroid: she shoots all the chametz into space and then steers the ship around the Milky Way: to Jupiter, where the moons turn out to be lighter-than-air matzo balls (luckily, the Big Dipper is really a ladle) and then to Saturn, where the rings have the satisfying crunch of matzo. Relatives gather from various planetary outposts; they drink “from a space-kiddush cup/ while zero gravity leaning,” writes Sayres, and look for the afikoman (hidden in the head of the family’s robot dog). Rainey’s redheaded protagonist and good-natured cartooning have an animation-style energy and eagerness; readers may notice that the drawings’ softly mottled textures are reminiscent of matzo itself. The lesson is clear: Passover is wherever you hang—or float—your hat. Ages 4–8. [em](Feb.) [/em]