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The Gingerbread man
Jones, Carol.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 26 cm
A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a series of nursery rhyme characters who hope to eat him until meeting up with a clever fox. Includes recipe.
Added Uniform Title:
Gingerbread boy. English.
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Central Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
Boston Free Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
Clarence Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales
Collins Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Concord Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Anna M. Reinstein Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Audubon Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Run, run as fast as you can, You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man.

The Gingerbread Man is chased all the way to the river by the Little Old Woman, the Little Old Man, Humpty Dumpty, the Grand Old Duke of York, Little Miss Muffet, and many other familiar characters. And indeed, none can catch him. But the Gingerbread Man cannot swim . . . . Can he run away from the wily old fox who offers to help him across the river?
This is a delightful retelling of a beloved children's classic fable. Carol Jones' illustrations are beautifully detailed and will give hours of pleasure to children and adults.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2-5. Using sweet, old-fashioned pictures reminiscent of Barbara McClintock's illustrations for Jim Aylesworth's Gingerbread Man (1998), Jones sets the old folktale in the bucolic English countryside. The laughing gingerbread boy pops out of the oven and leads the old couple on a chase, joined by a growing cast of Mother Goose characters--from Humpty Dumpty and Little Miss Muffet (in frilly dress and beribboned hat) to the Old Woman Who Lives in the Shoe and the Grand Old Duke of York--until, finally, the sly, hungry old fox appears, lurking among the flowers and butterflies. The pastoral meadow is exquisitely drawn in ink and watercolor with delicate cross-hatching, presenting an immense amount of detail with clarity and depth. While children chant the refrain and follow the chase, they will be drawn into the pictures, especially since a small circular cutout shows where the cheeky runaway has been and hints at what's waiting for him when he turns the corner. There's also a detailed recipe on the back page. --Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

That baked-goods scamp stars in another retelling, and although his creators (the little old man and woman), his taunting refrain ("Run, run, as fast as you can,/ You can't catch me,/ I'm the gingerbread man") and his fate (being gobbled by a clever fox) remain the same, Jones (What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?) adds two nifty twists. One is narrative: the Gingerbread Man's pursuers are characters from Mother Goose, including Little Boy Blue, the Grand Old Duke of York and Little Miss Muffet. The other is novelty: a die-cut window on each spread gives a hint about who the next person on the cookie's trail will be (thus, on a spread where the Gingerbread Man teases Humpty-Dumpty, an opening on the opposite page reveals a tiny figure in a haystack who turns out to be Little Boy Blue). Jones's whisper-thin, meticulous ink detailings and soft, translucent colors bring to mind vintage tinted engravings, but some readers may be frustrated by the surplus of minutiae and the drawings' apparent lack of focus. Unfortunately, Jones never really captures the Gingerbread Man's brassy flatness or his effervescent insolence. For a more successful effort, see James Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock's 1998 version. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A fairly straightforward retelling of the familiar tale with minutely detailed and intriguing illustrations. In Jones's version, the gingerbread man encounters various nursery-rhyme characters: Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue, the Grand Old Duke of York, etc. As in several of the artist's earlier books, the format includes die-cut holes in every other page through which readers can spy the next character, and, with a turn of the page, the one being left behind. The folktale plays out against lovely soft watercolor and pen-and-ink depictions of an idyllic English countryside, with hundreds of amusing details to pore over, and a fox that appears ever closer in several pictures. The insouciant gingerbread man skips through the pages with glee, until he meets his expected demise at the end. Following the story is a recipe for making one's own gingerbread man along with the admonition to "eat him before he runs away!" There are several very good versions of this tale in existence, including the traditional classic by Paul Galdone (The Gingerbread Boy [Clarion, 1979]) and the Jim Aylesworth/Barbara McClintock collaboration (Scholastic, 1998). However, this one is unique because of its format and intricate illustrations as well as its twist. Although the book will not lend itself for use in large storytimes, it promises to be great fun for one-on-one reading.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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