Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.
Rabbi Rocketpower and the Half-Baked Matzah Mystery: A Particularly Peculiar Passover
Why is this first night of Passover different from all others? At Rabbi Beatrice A. Mensch’s house, the answer is out of this world! Look out, bad guys, Rabbi Rocketpower is back. Rabbi Rocketpower and the Half-baked Matzah Mystery, Rabbi Susan Abramson’s third book in her series, is longer and even funnier than her first two. Abramson’s son Aaron complements the illustrations (drawn by Ariel Diorio) with his comic-book style retelling of the Jewish exodus from Egypt, complete with an hysterical extended version, the story of which most of us were totally unaware.
As Rabbi B. A. Mensch and her family are busy preparing for Passover, strange occurrences keep popping up to thwart their efforts. Matzah keeps disappearing, then reappearing. Matzah balls roll away on their own, even the Rabbi’s Haggadah seems to have rewritten itself. Instead of the Four Questions, for example, there is one really long word: “Whydon’tyouforgetaboutthissederandgobacktoEgypt?” So before you can say, “Faster than a speeding matzah ball,” Rabbi Mensch spins into Rabbi Rocketpower and the chase is on. With chapter titles such as, “Matzah Matter With This Seder?” and “The Matzah Goes Ballistic,” author Susan Abramson will win you over with humor.
The many traditions associated with the celebration of Passover are woven into the exciting adventures-teaching young readers without them even knowing it. As always, the book contains an excellent glossary, with all of the terms from the story clearly defined, and several recipes, including a family favorite: Chocolate-Covered Matzah Brittle. This book is a winner for fun-loving kids, and especially for reluctant readers, or those children who are fans of comic series like Captain Underpants or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Have fun! Recommended for readers ages 7 – 10.
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