Ginger Bear [NOOK Book]

Overview

Any child who loves cookies will enjoy this inventive tale of Ginger Bear, a cookie in the shape of a bear, who sets out to avoid being eaten. As she did with Traction Man Is Here! and The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, Mini Grey has created a totally original book that is fun to read and fun to look at.
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Ginger Bear

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Overview

Any child who loves cookies will enjoy this inventive tale of Ginger Bear, a cookie in the shape of a bear, who sets out to avoid being eaten. As she did with Traction Man Is Here! and The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, Mini Grey has created a totally original book that is fun to read and fun to look at.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

As she showed in her soulful The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, Grey has a knack for reimagining nursery rhymes and other children's classics. This story of an independent-minded cookie alludes to "The Gingerbread Man," noting that "the life of a cookie is usually short and sweet." But fate smiles on Ginger Bear: he escapes being eaten by his baker, Horace, whose Mum interrupts every time he gets ready to take a bite. At bedtime, having missed his chance for a snack, "Horace put the bear in a little tin and put it on his pillow" for later. As sleepy clock faces strike midnight, Ginger Bear comes to life and bakes a crispy batch of bears for company, decorating them in carnival icing and dots. Poised atop a tower of cookbooks, Ginger Bear becomes the ringmaster of a culinary circus. But the festivities end abruptly with the arrival of the family dog who "liked cookies. (But not in a way that is necessarily good for the cookies.)" Grey doesn't sugarcoat her watercolor and mixed-media illustrations: she plays the cookie carnage for laughs, with sole survivor Ginger Bear overlooking a crumb-covered linoleum floor. The mock-pathos implies that cookies are meant to be eaten. No fox can catch this gingerbread man, though, whose recipe for a doughy rumpus calls for a bit of In the Night Kitchenand a dash of Where the Wild Things Are.Young readers should be pleased to discover how Grey allows her edible hero to spend the rest of his days. Ages 5-8. (June)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
This edgy story has some British touches and a slightly arch tone that add a lovely fairy-tale flavor to it. When Horace makes a cookie in the shape of a bear, he can't wait to eat it, but then it is dinner time, then he has brushed his teeth, and there is nothing to do but put his gingerbread bear in a tin for safekeeping on his pillow. When Ginger Bear wakes up, there is no one to play with so he decides to bake himself some friends. He makes enough fabulously iced and decorated cookie bears to have a circus, one so thrilling that no one notices the approach of Bongo the dog. While the cookie carnage that follows might rattle a few tender souls, others will beg for a rereading of the crumbled cookie spread, and all will be satisfied by Ginger Bear's clever and considerably safer new career in a bake-shop display window. Wonderful art that matches the text in its ability to be comfortingly familiar and perverse at the same time pleases with a great many witty details and an appealingly varied layout. The nearly psychedelic illustration of Ginger Bear squeezing pink icing over rapturous cookies as the backdrop shimmers with sprinkles is a treat in itself. This is a tasty choice for fans of Traction Man Is Here! (Knopf, 2005) as well as anyone who's enjoyed the various retellings of "The Gingerbread Boy."
—Susan MoorheadCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
This sweet little offering blends "The Gingerbread Man" with Where the Wild Things Are to delicious effect. The tale opens with Horace, who makes Ginger Bear and is then cruelly thwarted by his Mum in his attempts to eat his treat. But then the focus shifts to Ginger Bear, who, like Horace, makes some cookies, but wants friends, not food. He bakes a circus full of them, but when Bongo the dog makes short work of the sweets, Ginger Bear realizes he needs to find a place where he can be safe. Grey brings all of her graphic inventiveness to bear on her story, investing Ginger Bear with terrific personality and pathos. By shifting narrative gears from Horace to Ginger Bear, she engineers a radical change in the reader's understanding of the true protagonist of the tale, Ginger Bear's agency initially coming as something of a surprise but then seeming oh-so-right as he, like Max, oversees his rumpus and then seeks safe harbor. Life's not simple for a cookie, but Ginger Bear, unlike his folkloric predecessor, manages quite nicely. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
"In this charming tale, Mini Grey creates a highly satisfying night world where fear can be seen off and a biscuit can change its chances in life."—The Guardian (U.K.)"Enjoyable as much for the witty innocence of the pictures as the barkingmad originality of the prose."—The Independent (U.K.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375986291
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/31/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Mini Grey is "one of the brightest new stars on the picture book scene" according to the Financial Times. Traction Man Is Here! won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, is the New York Times Best Illustrated, and an ALA Notable, and has five starred reviews. Her most recent book, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon received three starred reviews. She lives in Oxford, England.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Adelade

    Anybody there wanna talk???

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    Posted January 4, 2015

    Melanie

    Ill be there

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2014

    To Melenie from priscilla

    Hi!! Sure i would love to chat:)

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    Posted July 9, 2014

    Leader's Den

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    Posted August 16, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    Hawkpaw to lilypaw

    Ok.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Prophecy

    The wing of and angel and raven will combine. Become mates and adopt a small runt of a kit who will become one of the greats. It will become an honored elder. You must protect the wings of an angel and raven

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    To "i will interpet"

    If you read Yellowfangs secret, Foxheart and Wolfsteps father is Toadskip. Cloud(fur i think) is Nettlespots son. Toadskip is his father too. Their mothers arent the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Raintail to anyone

    Whats it sayig?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    New prophecy

    Bolt of lightning will become the star of this clan. Raven and angel with meet together in something no cat ever wil do.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    I will interpret

    Lightingkit will become Lightningstar . Shadekit will become Shadenight . Lillykit will be Lilypad . When he becomes leader Shadenight and Lilypad will guide him . Then he will have to make a diffucault desion . I think it is chosing who will be his mate . It is possible to have more then one mate . Shadekit . P.s. today im six moons

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Lillypaw

    Can tou keep a secret?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Sunkit to foreverkit

    Hi wanna be friends i belong to foreverclan?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Foreverkit

    "You can be my mommy? Really? And… I really like that name." She looked down at her paws. "It kinda sound like my name!"

    ~Foreverkit

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    Posted December 31, 2012

    Icetail

    She padded to the base of the highrock

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    Posted October 29, 2012

    Lacy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    Leah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    SUNCLAN CAMP

    Gingerstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    I have not read it

    Kute

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