With pictures on almost every page, this latest entry in keeping the kids alert at the Seder comes with 3-D glasses that make images literally pop. The clay-like family of seven—sculpted by Emi Sfard and photographed by Eli Neeman—inhabit this Haggada, which they are shown reading around the table, reciting the Ma Nishtana and hiding the afikoman. Finally, sleep claims the kids after a full night, their heads resting on the table.
Other figures represent the Four Sons, an Egyptian taskmaster wielding a whip over a Hebrew slave, the drowning of the Egyptians and their horses and chariots. Some 3-D images work better than others—for instance, the Egyptians being tossed in the sea is more exciting than the Seder plate.
While the 3-D elements should keep kids glued to the Haggada during this long night, they and the adults can also read the standard text, which goes from left to right in Hebrew, English or transliterated.
The zoo animals have a problem: Their Haggadas are worn through and through. What will they do? The Lion sends out a missive to the zoo’s distant borders to let them know that the king of feasts will not be ignored. The rhyming tale’s solution is to rely on the world’s greatest memory—Shai Elephant.
“He has led many Seders. He’ll teach you a part.
So line up, grab a pen, and let’s start.”
Besides the kippa and talit-clad elephant and kingly lion—who constantly yells out “Ma-Roar”—the zoo population, humorously and imaginatively drawn in crayon-like strokes, include Ian Iguana, Engineer Norman the Gnu and Lola Lama. Animals roll in the mud to bathe, Antsy Anteater nibbles on chocolates with his nose and Squirmy Worm chops the haroset without losing his head. The meal has Carrot Tsimmes with honey brought by Rude Rabbit; the table is set by Klutzy Centipede; Wally Walrus whines the Kiddush. From the Ma Nishtana to afikoman to Dayeinu, from foxes to chickens to a baboon and table-cleaning vultures, this is one unforgettable Seder.