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Richard Codor's Joyous Haggadah:A Children and Family Cartoon Haggadah for Passover Seder Paperback – January 3, 2008

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No cartoonist can match Richard Codor for his whimsical sense of humor and his understanding of the Jewish world. His Haggadah promises to bridge the greatest divide in the Jewish world between adults and children. --Alan M. Tigay, Executive Editor, Hadassah Magazine

What a delightful romp through the seder via this Joyous Haggadah! The multi-layered narrative and rituals in this haggadah appeal to the eye, the imagination, the funny-bone, and the occasion. Beginning with the prequel of the Joseph story, continuing until the Israelites gain their freedom, and ending with more symbolic rituals and song, the combination of telling the story and conducting the seder is presented clearly with charming and wacky humor (in both words and visuals). The cartoon-like illustrations not only enhance the story but will also add to a memorable and joy-filled shared family experience! --Peninnah Schram,storyteller and author of Jewish folktales

This brief and humorously illustrated haggadah will liven up your seder and entertain both kids and adults. --Jtnews.net

What a delightful romp through the seder via this Joyous Haggadah! The multi-layered narrative and rituals in this haggadah appeal to the eye, the imagination, the funny-bone, and the occasion. Beginning with the prequel of the Joseph story, continuing until the Israelites gain their freedom, and ending with more symbolic rituals and song, the combination of telling the story and conducting the seder is presented clearly with charming and wacky humor (in both words and visuals). The cartoon-like illustrations not only enhance the story but will also add to a memorable and joy-filled shared family experience! --Peninnah Schram,storyteller and author of Jewish folktales

This brief and humorously illustrated haggadah will liven up your seder and entertain both kids and adults. --Jtnews.net

What a delightful romp through the seder via this Joyous Haggadah! The multi-layered narrative and rituals in this haggadah appeal to the eye, the imagination, the funny-bone, and the occasion. Beginning with the prequel of the Joseph story, continuing until the Israelites gain their freedom, and ending with more symbolic rituals and song, the combination of telling the story and conducting the seder is presented clearly with charming and wacky humor (in both words and visuals). The cartoon-like illustrations not only enhance the story but will also add to a memorable and joy-filled shared family experience! --Peninnah Schram,storyteller and author of Jewish folktales

This brief and humorously illustrated haggadah will liven up your seder and entertain both kids and adults. --Jtnews.net

About the Author

Richard Codor makes a living drawing humorously. His illustrations appear regularly in Hadassah Magazine and he was editorial cartoonist for Crain s NY Business and NY Observer. His work is featured in the books The Big Book of Jewish Humor (Collins), All You Want To Know About Sabbath Service (Behrman House), and in Israel, the social satire classic, Zoo Eretz Zoo (E.L.S. Editions.) where he lived and worked for the Television Authority and Jerusalem Post. His storyboards are used in numerous multiethnic, politically correct and incorrect movies, TV and Internet media such as Doug , Lizzie McGuire , Robots and Queer Duck . He is a recipient of multiple Jewish Press Association/Rockower Awards for Cartooning and the first Charles Schulz Prize. Liora Codor is a senior staff photographer for Macy s and shoots for their national catalogs and advertisements. She was born in Haifa, Israel and ran her own successful commercial photography studio. She is also a realistic painter and still life photographer. A keeper of traditions, she and Richard are the parents of two and live in Brooklyn, NY.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Loose Line Productions, Inc.; 1st edition (January 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979921805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979921803
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When my kids were younger, I'd look every year for a Haggadah that we could use at our seders. I never found one that I liked very much--they were either too dry, too long, too abbreviated, etc. Richard Codor's Joyous Haggadah seems perfect to me. The drawings are cute, the story is appropriately abbreviated, and it's not dry. When my 13-year-old daughter and her friend saw the book on our kitchen table, they picked it up immediately, started oohing over the pictures, and then read the whole thing. I have to say that's a first for any Haggadah in this house.
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I wanted a fun haggadah for a very mixed family passover (ages and religious background) and this one was PERFECT. It had great pictures and some of the wording had been added to or changed to give everyone at the table a chuckle. It was especially entertaining for those of us who have sat through many years with one of the older standard haggadahs.
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I have to say, it fell short of my expectations. I feel like it was written for people who have done Seder their whole lives, and are just tired. My kids, ages 23, 20, and 15 did not like it as well as others I have used. It doesn't even have a blessing for the candles! The story is hurried. It feels like the author tried to cover the absolute minimum for a seder, but to me, it feels like less than the minimum should be (and we are Reform - we don't ask for much!) A seder should be educational, but this haggadah is written for the wicked child in a hurry to get it over with, not the wise one who wants to learn all the details. You won't get any special insights here.

It is colorful, light-hearted, and easy to use for non-hebrew-speaking people, but I won't be using it again.
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I bought 5 copies from the author just before Passover and had to order 15 more within 2 days. People were saying that they had been waiting for this book to come along. I will always carry it around Passover time and all I can say is I hope Richard Codor keeps writing books about Jewish holidays.
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My children,husband and I loved this haggadah. It was easy to read, the print was big and the pictures were wonderful. My husband is not jewish and he does not know the songs so it would have been nice to have a CD with it because we had to skip all the music in the book. I read music but there was no music written out only the words. Other than that the service with this haggadah was enjoyable.
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I use these for seders that include guests who aren't very familiar with the holiday. The illustrations are great and they cover the important points. I'm not fond of the Four Children text, but the truth is I've never found a Haggadah that gets it right so I always end up supplementing. Only other thing I add is the Hebrew version of Dayeinu.
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Our children ages 6 - 8 really enjoyed the "Joyous Haggadah". It has great illustrations and it does a nice job of telling the story of passover story. For me this last part was most important. In the past I used a more traditional haggadah read a separate book to tell the story. The problem I have with traditional haggadah's is they spend too much time on the symbolism of the seder and not enough on the actual story of deliverance from egypt. As some reviewers have noted, it is brief. I think it took us about 30 minutes. I find the short works best to keep the children engaged for the duration of the sedar.
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Over the past 44 years of having seders at my home and using many many different haggadot, I've found what seems to be the best as far as telling the story and keeping to tradition in a very enjoyable manner. This will appeal to young and old alike, those who have been to many seders and those who come for the very first time.
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