Meet the Hamantaschen

Viking. Feb. 2022. 36p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593351574.
PreS-Gr 1–Silberberg offers a humorous picture book celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim in this companion to Meet the Latkes and Meet the Matzah. Three hamantaschen detectives and a shadowy stranger must unveil what happened to the megillah, the scroll that is read during the Purim festivity. Using disguises and following clues, the detectives embrace solving the mystery, interrogating the lively characters representing Queen Esther, Vashti, King Ahasuerus, Haman, and Mordecai. Digital illustrations are in pastel colors of green, pink, purple, and brown. The narrative, presented in panels and full-spread illustrations, moves the plot forward in speech bubbles and text, using repetition that could engage children during story time. The text also employs vocabulary words that enhance the reading of this book. The back matter includes a glossary of relevant terms.
VERDICT A creative picture book that uses humor to teach children about Purim and its lessons of courage.–

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