Gingerbread Cowboy

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"Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The Gingerbread Cowboy can run from the rancher, he can dash past the javelinas, and he can giddyup right by the cattle grazing on the mesa. But what happens when he meets a coyote sleeping in the sun?

Janet Squires and Holly Berry retell this classic tale with a Wild Western flair, filled with rodeo-romping fun.

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"Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!"

The Gingerbread Cowboy can run from the rancher, he can dash past the javelinas, and he can giddyup right by the cattle grazing on the mesa. But what happens when he meets a coyote sleeping in the sun?

Janet Squires and Holly Berry retell this classic tale with a Wild Western flair, filled with rodeo-romping fun.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The familiar tale of the gingerbread boy is given a western twist in this humorous parody. Baking biscuits was the rancher's wife's specialty and she was really good at it. But one day she decides to make gingerbread dough instead. She rolls that dough out and cuts it into the shape of a cowboy, complete with boots on his feet and a hat on his head. She adds a belt buckle of spun sugar, then some raisins, candies, and nuts, and puts him into the oven to bake. Expecting his biscuits, the husband opens the oven door and to his surprise a gingerbread cowboy jumps out. The cowboy cookie runs out the door calling, "Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me. I'm the gingerbread man." He runs past a horned lizard, escapes a hungry roadrunner, is chased by javelins, and is almost trampled by cows before meeting up with a crafty coyote. As he rides away across the river on the coyote's back, all of his pursuers gather on the bank. The rancher's wife ropes the coyote as he eats the gingerbread cowboy. She then takes him home for some cooking lessons. The large, colorful illustrations accurately present the western landscape. The farmer and his wife wear large cowboy hats in every picture (even while cooking). A fun follow-up story to the traditional tale.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A delightful, infectiously cheerful, Southwestern rendition of a familiar story. Phrases used to describe biscuits, such as "plump as pillows, soft as clouds, and tasty as a big Texas barbecue," just roll off the tongue. Bow-legged and dressed in a vest, boots, hat, and a big belt buckle, the Gingerbread Cowboy teases: "Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man" and includes an added refrain, "and raced away as fast as his boots could carry him." The lively text demands to be read aloud. The illustrations are bold: while the rancher and his wife look a bit flat, and the expressions of the cattle are cookie-cutter perfect, the Cowboy contorts his body expressively, and the coyote is infinitely sly. The orangey-brown land and sparse green cacti convey a sense of desolation, but the colorful crowd of animals and cowboys stands out dramatically against the parched landscape. Berry plays with point of view as the various figures trade levels of prominence. The rancher's wife bakes, almost lassoes the clever coyote, and later instructs the creature on how to make his own Gingerbread Cowboy. A fresh version of an old favorite.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This Wild West version of the traditional tale is sure to delight youngsters, as well as introduce them to the flora, fauna and geography of the west. Tired of biscuits for breakfast every morning, the rancher's wife cuts out some gingerbread dough in the shape of a cowboy-boots on his feet, hat on his head, vest with fringe, big belt buckle. But when the rancher peeks in the oven, the Gingerbread Cowboy runs away. "Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man." In his travels, he meets a horned lizard, a roadrunner, a band of javelinas, a herd of long-horned cattle, some cowboys and finally, the coyote, who offers to ferry him across the river. Berry's warm palette perfectly suits the desert scenery. Her illustrations give readers a close-up view of many lesser-known animals and plants. A welcome change of setting for the Gingerbread Man, sure to find a spot on the library shelf. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060778637
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 71,563
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Squires is both an author and a school library media specialist. She is descended from a family of pioneers who traveled from Texas to Arizona to California, where she now lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. This is her first picture book.

Holly Berry is an award-winning artist and illustrator of picture books for children. Her books include I'm a Pig by Sarah Weeks, The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires, and Market Day by Eve Bunting, among others. She lives on a blueberry farm in Maine with her family and a few pets—including a cat named Flossie.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A funny spin to the original Gingerbread Boy

    I am a huge fan of the Gingerbread series. This book is not only engaging but unexpected as well. I purchased this book to read to a 1st grade class for an education class. They loved it!! It has the same theme as the traditional Gingerbread Boy; however, the characters and events have a cowboy spin to them. I loved it and was very pleased. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

    I also took this book and expanded it into a math unit. After we read this in class and other Gingerbread versions, we compared and contrasted the stories. To have some more fun, we made flap jacks like the man and woman did in the book. The helper of te day, wore a gingerbread apron and hat, measured and mixed the pancake mix, and then I cooked up some delicious flap jacks! The kids Loved it, and I will definately save this activity for a future thematic unit!!

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    A western twist on a classic tale. I love books that can take a

    A western twist on a classic tale. I love books that can take an old, beloved story and give a unique interpretation of it.

    The Gingerbread Cowboy is beautifully illustrated in warm, earthy colors that add to the atmosphere of the book.

    Children will laugh at the gingerbread cowboy's antics and his narrow escapes from almost everyone.

    One of the things that I appreciated the most about this book is that it did not stray from the original concept of the story. Sure it takes place in the desert, but the gingerbread man still meets his match in the coyote. I enjoyed the way the author was able to modernize the story without changing the basic plot.

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