The Passover Mouse – written by Joy Nelkin Wieder, illustrated by Shahar Kober

 The Passover Mouse – written by Joy Nelkin Wieder, illustrated by Shahar Kober, Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 9781984895516, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book? This is a sweet story about Passover that would be fun for anyone to read. Most kids would recognize the lesson of the story, which is the importance of community helping each other. The repetitive line “A mouse! A mouse! Brought bread into our house!” makes for a great read aloud, and surely kids would enjoy saying it again and again as a mouse moves between houses. And the book  teaches about many traditions around Passover simply through the townspeople’s actions. An Author’s Note and glossary at the end provide more detail into the tradition of cleaning one’s home of chometz (bread and other leavened food) before Passover, and also explain that this is a retelling from the Talmud.

Anything you did not like about the book. I would have liked to see a bit more description about what Passover is in the Author’s Note for those who have no background knowledge. 

To whom would you recommend this book? This would be a fun read aloud for a class during Passover. Readers who celebrate Passover would likely especially enjoy it, but anyone who likes picture books with small animals that cause problems, or historical fiction picture books would also enjoy it.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, public librarians

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge Elementary School, Dedham Massachusetts

Date of review: Feb. 1, 2020


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