The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers

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She's fast. She's feisty. And she outsmarted that sly fox in her boisterous debut. Now the gingerbread girl is back with a new batch of friends - the animal crackers! They don't want to listen to the Gingerbread Girl's advice, even though she is one smart cookie. But they'd better watch it, or they'll all become treats for that trickster fox. With fun twists on the classic refrain plus big, candy-colored illustrations, this is one sweet treat.
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She's fast. She's feisty. And she outsmarted that sly fox in her boisterous debut. Now the gingerbread girl is back with a new batch of friends - the animal crackers! They don't want to listen to the Gingerbread Girl's advice, even though she is one smart cookie. But they'd better watch it, or they'll all become treats for that trickster fox. With fun twists on the classic refrain plus big, candy-colored illustrations, this is one sweet treat.
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Publishers Weekly
When Gingerbread Girl, who matched wits with a fox in The Gingerbread Girl, opens a box of animal crackers, the animals take off running, and each cracker recites a variation on a snappy, self-referential refrain: “I’ll whoop and I’ll shout,/ Make a hullabaloo./ You can’t catch me,/ I’m the cracker kangaroo!” Along the way, a cat and mouse, a herd of sheep, and a scout troop (among others) join Gingerbread Girl as she gives chase, trying to keep the crackers safe from that wily fox. Ernst’s pastel palette is well-suited to this lively story of “Animal Crackers gone wild,” which, with words like “menagerie” and “brouhaha,” scattered throughout, offers a bit of a vocabulary lesson, too. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
The sequel to writer-illustrator Ernst's The Gingerbread Girl finds our heroine happily celebrating her first birthday with her baker parents. What could their beautifully wrapped present be? It grunted and growled...ANIMAL CRACKERS! New friends to play with! But look out—freed from the box, they are off to explore. The ensuing cookie chaos follows the classic nursery rhyme format: a gingerbread chase over hill and dale, past cow-milking farmers, a flock of sheep, kite-flying kids, and chicks galore. And everyone is hungry. Suddenly there is a river...and a ferrying fox. Will the animals' wild taunts be silenced forever? Will the cracker rhinoceros and wild cracker lion be heard no more? Adult readers and young listeners alike should be delighted by the Gingerbread Girl's solution to the crisis—and rhyme-loving kids can sing a new refrain: "We're wild Animal Crackers, Hear our fierce roar. You can't catch us, We're off to explore!" Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—The intrepid cookie from The Gingerbread Girl (Dutton, 2006) is back. This time, her kindly baker parents give her a box of animal crackers for her birthday-the friends she'd always wanted. Predictably, the stampede of baked critters bursts from the box and the familiar chase ensues with a new refrain, "We're wild Animal Crackers,/Hear our fierce roar,/You can't catch us,/We're off to explore!" Each beastie gets its own verse-some rhymes more awkward than others. All of the verses are set off in italics; those by the individual animals are in red, and the chorus is in purple. The animals sport mischievous expressions. Their energetic sprint is conveyed by motion lines, as they leap and scamper away from cow, cat, sheep, etc. The sly fox is up to his usual tricks as he lures the crackers onto his back and tries to devour them mid-river. The Gingerbread Girl rescues her friends by encouraging them to roar loudly. The deafened fox flees and Gingerbread Girl and her prodigal menagerie happily reunite. As in the previous installment, Ernst's pastel gingham backgrounds evoke domestic comfort; her oversize cartoon illustrations are bright and expressive. The story does not break any new ground and is a smidgen too sweet for some tastes, but its familiar formula should please children. A good choice for those in need of snack-related books or extra fractured fairy tales, but an additional purchase for smaller collections.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews

The plucky Gingerbread Girl is back in her second outing, this time trying to save an animal-cracker menagerie from the wily fox (The Gingerbread Girl, 2006).

For her birthday, the old couple who baked her give the Gingerbread Girl what she has always longed for—friends like her to play with. But no sooner is the wrapping off than they are out the door. As they run through the countryside, collecting pursuers as they go, individual cracker animals add their own rhymes to the refrain: "I'm strong and I'm fast, / Though I smell like vanilla. / You can't catch me, / I'm the cracker gorilla!" Ernst's text pages and spread borders are softly colored gingham, the animal-cracker train escaping the illustrations to parade through the text, while those chasing line up in sepia tones across the top. Clearly communicated emotions add much to the story, from the untrammeled glee the crackers feel in their newfound freedom to the suspense that builds as the chase nears the river and the waiting fox. In the end, some quick thinking on the part of the clever girl helps her new friends escape her older brother's fate.

The girl heroine, large trim size, catchy rhymes and repeating refrain make this one sure to be a popular choice for group readings...just don't forget the animal-cracker snack. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422594
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/13/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 355,809
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Campbell Ernst lives with her family in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    Updated Twist on a Familiar Tale

    Added this new title to my gingerbread boy repertiore.
    Upadted version of the well known tale is engaging and inventive.
    The paced keeps the young listener attentive and asks the reader to interact with the story with rhyme, rhythmic pattern and animal antics.
    Lots of fun for both the reader and the audience.

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