Thursday, March 22, 2012

Izzy the Whiz and Passover McClean by Yael Mermelstein

What a fun Passover book! For those familiar with the Jewish holiday, this is a delightful fun book about a boy who is cleaning up hametz (forbidden foods for Passover) in time for Seder. For those not familiar, this is a chance to learn a little about life in a Jewish household. It’s an introduction with a little information so it’s not a book that will explain Passover but it will peak curiosity.
Izzy is the family inventor and he promises his mom he will have everything clean before she gets up from her nap. The story is sweet and the tad of suspense leaves the reader feeling as if they have been privileged to see the McClean in action without feeling tense.
The story is written in rhyme. It does stall a bit here and there but the majority is smooth. The illustrations are bright and engaging. For the most part, I would see this story engaging all ages but more so for the young grade school reader. There is some words that would be tough for the youngest reader but with help they could easily read the book.

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