Kayla and Kugel's Almost-Perfect Passover

Kayla and Kugel's Almost-Perfect Passover

By Ann D. Koffsky


Paperback; 24pp $9.95

Kayla loves having Passover seder with her family and her dog, Kugel—even though he almost spills the grape juice, makes a mess of the matzah, and takes off with the afikoman! This story touches on the highlights of the Passover seder with warmth and humor.

An author note at the end explores how Passover songs can lift our spirits and help us imagine how our great-, great-, great-, great-, great- (lots of greats) grandparents felt when they became free. Discussion prompts help children relate the ideas to their own lives.

Click here and here for a free downloadable Passover Coloring pages from author, Ann Koffsky.

About the Author

Ann D. Koffsky is the author and/or illustrator of more than thirty books for children, including Frogs in the Bed: My Passover Seder Activity Book and Kayla and Kugel’s Passover (coming Spring 2016). She lives in West Hempstead, New York. 

About Apples & Honey Press

Apples & Honey Press brings together the best authors and illustrators from North America and Israel to create memorable stories for children that illuminate the values of family, community, having fun, and being the best we can be.


Kayla and Kugel's Almost-Perfect Passover Reviews

Category: Picture Books

Kayla welcomes young readers into her home for a typical Passover Seder while contending with the antics of her frisky puppy, Kugel. Kayla is busy getting ready for the dinner and briefly points out some of the key aspects of the holiday, while Kugel's eagerness to participate has him almost spilling the grape juice, making a mess with the matzah, and stealing the afikomen as soon as Kayla finds it hidden under an easy chair. After the four questions are asked, the story told, and the special foods eaten, a somber-looking Kugel makes sure to remind Kayla that the Seder is not complete without the best part, the concluding songs. As in the introductory Kayla and Kugel (2015), which highlighted Shabbat, it is the family pet that provides both comic relief and a way to keep the central theme on track. Sweet, endearing, colorful illustrations bring out the humor in the actions of the puppy, who is clearly loved as an equal member of his young family. A simple glossary and author's note with suggestions for simple discussion and some downloadable activities are included. A good basic introduction for the youngest attendees. (Picture book. 3-5) 

-Kirkus Reviews

In simple, easy-to-follow verse, Kayla tells young readers some of the basics of a seder. She smiles at the sweet taste of charoset, but her braids stand on end and she scrunches her face at the bitter taste of maror, symbolizing slavery. Kids will enjoy the mayhem when the mischievous Kugel sets the family off on an adventurous hunt for the afikomen. The end pages include a search-and-find activity. The author’s note from Koffsky poses open-ended, engaging questions to spark family conversations, such as “Why do you think many holidays have songs to go with them?”

- JTA, 'Passover Books for One Kid - or Many'

 I love this book. It is perfect for younger children to teach them all about the holidays. There was so much in there that will help little kids, even ones younger than my brother, to learn. Are there books like this about the other holidays too? That would be so good. This is awesome.

- Levi, Age 9