"A young boy proudly shares all the delicious ways he likes to eat matzah. Rhyming words and bright, cartoon-like illustrations will keep kids hungry for the matzah treats." — Penny Schwartz, JTA—Newspaper
"Eating matzah is a delicious Passover tradition for one happy kid. In this ode to the unleavened foodstuff, a young preschooler noshes on the Passover specialty throughout the day in various yummy iterations, whether it's crumbled in yogurt, spread with jam, or alongside fish and carrots. Confined to a child's snug domestic world, all the action takes place within the home, and the simply rendered kitchen, dining-room, and bedroom scenes place all the focus on the curly-haired child's smiling face as yet another meal with the familiar, favorite food approaches. The book ends humorously with the family giggling at baby brother, who is wearing, not eating his treat, and a wish for readers to have a 'Happy Passover!' Joyful illustrations are flat and bright, and there are little touches of Judaica sprinkled throughout that will make Jewish children feel seen: a Star of David mobile, a kippah-topped teddy bear, and a cheery 'Got Matzah?' bib. Relayed in sprightly rhyming couplets, the text emphasizes the many tasty treats and the use of special Passover servingware, highlighting the terminal word in each rhyme, a device that will boost emergent literacy. It seems odd that the Seder isn't mentioned at all, but otherwise this speaks well to the routines and rituals that many children hold so dear. Matzah lovers rejoice—this one's for you!" — Kirkus Reviews—Journal
"Matzah – the Passover staple. How many times a day and in how many ways can one eat matzah? For a child, it’s all day and in many ways, as demonstrated in 'I Love Matzah.' From matzah with eggs at breakfast, to matzah with yogurt for a snack, as a side dish with dinner, and as a bedtime snack with cheese, matzah is a fun food enjoyed by little ones. The book is ideal for children ages 1 to 4." — Bob Jacob, Co-Editor, CJN—Newspaper
"This is a short book that teaches about Passover. It will help children to grasp onto how matzah bread (unleavened bread) is eaten on Passover and can be eaten with every meal and snack. It shows a child happily eating matzah bread with different combinations of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, plus one meat item throughout the day. Another person in the family is brought into the story later and that shows an example of how matzah bread continues to be eaten after Passover.
This story shows the importance of eating matzah bread during Passover. I like how it gives examples of different foods it can be eaten with since it's often a challenge (for me at least) to come up with different foods and drinks to eat it with during Passover.
I think it will help to educate Jewish and non-Jewish children about how matzah bread is brought into the Passover holiday. Non-Jewish (and some Jewish) families may not choose to observe it, but I think this book will teach them how to commemorate it better (if they decide to) even if they can't do it perfectly (like I never do because there is yeast in many products I don't know about sometimes).
The way the story ends can help start an explanation to whoever this book is read to about how the Feast of Unleavened Bread starts after Passover in which matzah bread continues to be eaten." — Jill Harris—Blog
"This is the perfect time to review a board book for very young children about the pleasures and perils of eating matzah, smack in the midst of the Pesach holiday itself. Biniashvili has penned a simple, short, rhyming story about a toddler child (could be a boy could be a girl, though this male reviewer initially interpreted the art as a boy) who eats matzah in many ways through the Passover holiday -- for breakfast, with cheese, with carrots, and even for dessert. The rhymes are highlighted in the text, easy enough for a child to catch as the book is read loud, and it's easy to imagine happy shouting of rhymes like fish/dish, away/tray, stroll/bowl, and noon/spoon. There are plenty of cues for the Passover holiday, too, with the child eating from special Passover plates, drinking from Passover cups, and a little brother wearing a bib that asks pointedly, 'Got matzah?' Many adults have a love/hate relationship with the bread of affliction, but it is easy to see how this book could get little kids charged up about Passover, and the crumbly fun of matzah consumption. Though typical favorites like matzah pizza, matzah brei, and matzah smeared in hummus or peanut butter are not mentioned, there are plenty of healthy alternatives that are. The 'Happy Passover!' on the final board is one more note of celebration. This book could make kids forget about bread for eight days.
I LOVE MATZAH is an authentic and honest depiction of a Jewish toddler -- we know the child is a toddler, from the high chair in the art -- enjoying the most essential of all Passover foods, matzah. This is another of the burgeoning number of picture books with obviously non-white protagonists and families where the non-whiteness is incidental to the story. The only identity that matters in the text is that the family is Jewish, and is the only identity that is referred to by the author and illustrator. The author and artist have done their homework, and understand that children engage with matzah in many ways and at different times, and that part of the fun of the holiday is the many ways in which it can be consumed...and crumbled. There is a clear nuclear family with mother, father, and two children, sitting together, on the final board. The artwork supports the text well, and together create a book that is suitable for the very young audience for which it is intended. The time period is contemporary, as depicted in the artwork, but the story is timeless and will endure." — Jeff Gottesfeld, Sydney Taylor Shmooze Blog—Blog
"A toddler (and later his baby brother) eats matzah all day long during Passover. For breakfast, lunch,
dinner and snack, he shares the various ways he likes it--with milk, with jam, with cheese, etc. Not a lot
here, but this little rhyming story is very useful in sharing the simple treats of Passover with kids who
are just learning to like matzah and enjoying different flavors of holiday foods." — Lisa Silverman, Library Director, Burton Sperber Jewish Community Library, Los Angeles, CA—Magazine
How many times a day and how many ways can one eat matzah, the quintessential Passover cracker? For a kid, it’s all day, every day and in many ways!
Freidele Galya Soban Biniashvili has been writing stories and poems since she was young. She is the author of several children's books including There's A Reason Why and Goldie and the Guests. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and children.
Angelika Scudamore is based in South London. She loves the hustle and bustle of the city and stopping off at small coffee shops, where she gathers inspiration from the people and atmosphere.