Gingerbread Boy

Gingerbread Boy

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by Richard Egielski
     
 

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"Run run run as fast as you can. You can't catch me! I'm the gingerbread man."

In this modern retelling of a nursery classic, Caldecott-winning illustrator Richard Egielski adds an urban twist to a well-loved tale. This time, the gingerbread boy is on the loose in New York City, and he taunts everyone from construction workers to subway musicians, until his

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"Run run run as fast as you can. You can't catch me! I'm the gingerbread man."

In this modern retelling of a nursery classic, Caldecott-winning illustrator Richard Egielski adds an urban twist to a well-loved tale. This time, the gingerbread boy is on the loose in New York City, and he taunts everyone from construction workers to subway musicians, until his fateful chase through Central Park!The chase is on! When the gingerbread boy rises from butter and molasses, everyone wants him for a snack. But the gingerbread boy has other ideas. He hops out the window, slides down the fire escape, and runs through the streets of New York City, while the bakers, construction workers, musicians, a policeman, and even a city rat drop everything they're doing in hot pursuit. The oh-so-proud gingerbread boy thinks he can out run them all, until he meets a wily fox who doesn't chase the gingerbread boy at all.

In this exhilarating retelling, Caldecott Medal winner Richard Egielski modernizes and urbanizes the nursery classic, bringing the gingerbread boy in from the fields to the hubbub of the city, playing up the fun of a bunch of grownups leaving work in the middle of the day to chase a cookie.

Author Biography: Richard Egielski, the illustrator of The Tub People and The Tub Grandfather, both by Pam Conrad, was the winner of the 1987 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in Hey, Al. Both Buz and Jazper, which he wrote and illustrated, are New York Times Best Illustrated Books for Children. Mr. Egielski lives in Milford, NJ.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW said that the author nicely balances "an unembellished text" with "minutely detailed images" in this take on the tale of a prideful cookie. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - E L
This classic story of the gingerbread boy, who avoids being caught and eaten until he meets and trusts the sly fox, is told in an inner-city setting. The setting allows for increased cultural diversity without changing the feeling for the readers. The illustrations, by a Caldecott award-winning artist, are sensational.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3An old nursery favorite with a big-city twist. The Gingerbread Boy gets loose in New York City and is chased by the usual couple and then a hungry alley rat, construction workers, street musicians, and a mounted policeman. The chase leads down a fire escape, through an alley, across a clothesline strung between two high-rise apartment buildings, down into the subway, and through Central Park to the zoo, where the same wily fox, as always, awaits him. Egielski's retelling is straightforward and retains the traditional refrain: "Run run run as fast as you can"it sounds just right, making a satisfying modern variation. The illustrations, alternating between single- and double-page spreads, adroitly evoke the city setting while giving a solid three-dimensionality and unique individuality to the Gingerbread Boy and his pursuers. This clever confection makes a fine addition to folklore collections, and it comes complete with a gingerbread cookie recipe.Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
Egielski (Buz, 1995, etc.) applies his paintbrush to a familiar tale—and transplants it to an urban setting—about the gingerbread boy who is too enticingly delicious to avoid pursuit, and too naive and inexperienced to recognize a foxy deception. The gingerbread boy, baked to life by the childless wife of a childless man, believes that he is such hot stuff that he immediately calls himself Gingerbread Man and dashes first to escape family life and then to elude those who would devour him. A rat, some construction workers, street musicians, and a mounted police officer join the growing crowd of pursuers. Enter the fox, who promises to bear the boy to freedom across the lake. Readers know the rest, but this bright, winning update, with its vast city backgrounds and a gingerbread boy recipe (that, unlike the story, allows the cookie to come out of the oven before it is subjected to icing) enclosed, makes the chase seem new.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060260309
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,319,766
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Egielski is the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Hey, Al and many other books for children, including the Tub People series by Pam Conrad. He is also the author and illustrator of Buz and Jazper, both New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Three Magic Balls, and The Gingerbread Boy. Mr. Egielski lives in Milford, New Jersey, with his wife and son.

Richard Egielski is the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Hey, Al and many other books for children, including the Tub People series by Pam Conrad. He is also the author and illustrator of Buz and Jazper, both New York Times Best Illustrated Books, Three Magic Balls, and The Gingerbread Boy. Mr. Egielski lives in Milford, New Jersey, with his wife and son.

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I absolutely loved this book! It changed my life. I was inspired to write my own childrens book because of it. Thanks Alot.