The Gingerbread Man

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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?
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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.

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.

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"The traditional tale meets the cast and crew of Mother Goose in an original take on an old favorite... Readers will find something new with each look at the wonderfully detailed drawings." Kirkus Reviews

"While children chant the refrain and follow the chase, they will be drawn into the pictures, especially since a small cutout shows where the cheeky runaway has been and hints at what's waiting for him when he turns the corner." Booklist, ALA

Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The familiar gingerbread man here runs away from equally familiar characters like Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue, the Old Woman in the Shoe and Miss Muffet, as well as the old man and woman. The sly fox still ends his run, followed here by a recipe for making your own gingerbread man. "Eat him before he runs away!" is the good advice. Jones creates extremely detailed illustrations built of tiny linear strokes and washy watercolors. Told in full-page scenes, facing pages have small, cut-out circles which frame the main character in the next episode, then also work as a frame for the previous hero when the page is turned. The details added to each picture greatly enrich the simple plot. 2002, Walter Lorraine Books/Houghton Mifflin, $15.00. Ages 3 to 6. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
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 Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The traditional tale meets the cast and crew of Mother Goose in an original take on an old favorite. From his humble beginnings in the home of "a little old woman and a little old man," the Gingerbread Man leaps into the land of "once upon a time," and the dangers presented by its hungry citizens. The tasty treat looks tempting to Humpty Dumpty, who is so hungry that he almost tumbled from his wall. Little Boy Blue wakes up wanting breakfast, while the frazzled Little Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe is wondering what to feed her children. Meanwhile, Little Miss Muffet is thinking that the Gingerbread Man would make the perfect end to her meal of curds and whey. But he manages to escape them all. As always, though, the Gingerbread Man meets his match (and his demise) in the sly fox who carries him across the river. Throughout it all, he utters his famous refrain, while underneath it the characters he has already escaped give chase. Readers will find something new with each look at the wonderfully detailed drawings. A round window in every other page previews the cookie's next encounter and-a turn of the page later-offers a look back at the last character he escaped. This is a great way to reconnect children with familiar favorites in a fresh new setting . . . and parents with their children, as they use the recipe following the story to make their own gingerbread men. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618188222
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/25/2002
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.28 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Born and educated in England, Carol Jones now lives in Australia. She is a full-time author and illusrutor who has given new life to many old favorites.

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