Spring 2024

Tyrannosaurus Tsuris

A Passover Story

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

All the dinosaurs are getting ready for Passover, but no one will come to Tyrannosaurus Rex’s seder because they think he will eat them. This gives him terrible tsuris, the Yiddish word for “worry.” “You think you have tsuris?” Stegosaurus asks. “I can’t find parsley for my seder.” “And I can’t find a brisket big enough to feed all my cousins. That’s what you call tsuris!” Allosaurus says. But when T-Rex wails, “I have no guests for my seder!” all the dinosaurs agree that his tsuris is the worst, as the most important part of the seder is sharing it with guests. And they come up with an idea for a tsuris-free celebration.

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Interest Level Preschool - Kindergarten
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category Holidays
Copyright 2024
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Kar-Ben Publishing ®
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2024-01-02
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV017120, JUV002060, JUV039050
Dewey [E]
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Features Reviewed

Author: Susan Tarcov

Susan Tarcov grew up next to the Bronx Zoo, a great inspiration for writing children's books. She is married, has three children, and lives in Chicago. Her previous books include Maya Prays for Rain, Raisins and Almonds: A Yiddish Lullaby, The Rabbi and His Donkey, and Professor Buber and His Cats.

Illustrator: Elissambura

Elissambura is an illustrator of many children's books, including Alligator Seder, Happy Roo Year: It's Rosh Hashanah, and Who's Got the Etrog? Her favorite subject to draw is animals. She works in a variety of techniques, including digital and mixed media. She lives in Argentina.


Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“This beautifully serves up the value that the most important part of seder is gathering together with others. Even those who don’t celebrate Passover will be pleased that the dinosaurs act upon the truth that all of their tsuris can be resolved by communicating and sharing. Reviewer Rating: 5”—Children’s Literature

Kirkus Reviews

“Clever, dino-themed fun to get kids excited for Passover.”―Kirkus Reviews

San Diego Jewish World

“This book teaches not only about some of the Passover traditions, it also teaches children about the many different kinds of dinosaurs that roamed the earth. Imagine, they were all Jewish!”—San Diego Jewish World

JTA (Global News Service of the Jewish People)

“Dinosaur lovers will enjoy this story of a Tyrannosaurus Rex who is overcome by worry about whether the guests he invited will come to his seder.”—Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Storybook Lady

“Adorable book perfect for young children.”—Storybook Lady

Book Riot

“Kids will love this dinosaur take on Passover.”—Book Riot