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This NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Book is now in Board Book format just in time for the holidays!

This irresistible retelling of the Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth and illustrated by Barbara McClintock is now in board book format for the first time, and it's a perfect treat for cookie lovers everywhere.

Children enjoy chiming in with Aylesworth's charming, rollicking refrains, accompanied by...

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Overview


This NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Best Illustrated Book is now in Board Book format just in time for the holidays!

This irresistible retelling of the Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth and illustrated by Barbara McClintock is now in board book format for the first time, and it's a perfect treat for cookie lovers everywhere.

Children enjoy chiming in with Aylesworth's charming, rollicking refrains, accompanied by whimsical animal images and a delicious recipe for gingerbread men. (Note: the text has been adapted to fit board book format)

A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of pursuers until he meets a clever fox.

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Editorial Reviews

Meg Wolitzer
. . .McClintock's depiction of the Gingerbread Man . . .feels contemporary. . . . Children will respond to the sassyboastful facial expressions and exclamations of the Gingerbread Man. . . .And they will quickly be drawn into the storyfamiliar though it is. . . —The New York Times Book Review
School Library Journal
An excellent rendition of an oft-told tale that demonstrates that there is always room for one more Gingerbread Man on the shelves. Aylesworth has done a perfect job of shaping the text to read aloud smoothly with good repetitive phrases that ring true, such as the Gingerbread Man's response to his pursuers: 'No! No!/I won't come back!/I'd rather run/Than be your snack!' The text is matched beautifully with an excellent layout and McClintock's illustrations. Using watercolors, sepia ink, and gouache, the artist has created pictures with an old-fashioned look to them, which she attributes to the influence of the 19th-century French illustrator, Grandville. They also are somewhat reminiscent of the work of Randolph Caldecott. McClintock's anthropomorphic animals are wonderfully realized, especially the wily fox, and the Gingerbread Man is a saucy fellow dressed in a blue jacket and hat, with hands on hips and a big smile. The book comes complete with a recipe on the back cover. A satisfying version in every way. -- Judith Constantinides, East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, Louisiana
Meg Wolitzer
. . .McClintock's depiction of the Gingerbread Man . . .feels contemporary. . . . Children will respond to the sassy, boastful facial expressions and exclamations of the Gingerbread Man. . . .And they will quickly be drawn into the story, familiar though it is. . . -- The New York Times Book Review
Horn Book Magazine
This hearty retelling of the well-known tale is distinguished by cheery, lively illustrations. The Gingerbread Man himself is particularly toothsome and delectable, with shining raisin eyes and a delightful set of sugar-glaze clothes. (And his irrepressible smile is as gleefully irritating as his taunts.) The cow, the pig, and the fox are remarkably anthropomorphic, with human bodies and animal heads, and the scenery resembles that of the eighteenth-century English artist Thomas Bewick. Energy and vigor run through the story as every figure is shown in action. With even a recipe included, this is altogether an old-fashioned and enjoyable version of a favorite tale.
Kirkus Reviews
A traditional cumulative tale, which Aylesworth (My Sister's Rusty Bike) endows with a lively pace, is illustrated in a decidedly old-fashioned style, giving the book the look and feel of a reproduction of an old edition. Working with precise pen-and-ink, McClintock portrays the cozy home of an elderly couple, dressed in Victoriana and in possession of a great wood-burning stove. Her work has never been more animated than in the scenes of the two-dimensional gingerbread man running away, exuberantly eluding everyone else—the couple, a butcher, and a cow and pig dressed in human clothes—until he is devoured by a fox. The portrayals of a cow and pig are more bizarre than charming, and the too-obvious wrinkles on the elderly people's faces are one example of eccentric choices on the part of the illustrator. Ages 4 - 6.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545235143
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 72,509
  • Age range: 2 - 3 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Jim Aylesworth tells his stories with generous doses of "out loud" sounds, rhythms, and rhymes. His 25-year teaching career taught him exactly what children love best in a story. He lives in Chicago, IL with his wife.

Barbara McClintock's distinguished books have four times been honored as NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Children's Books.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2001

    Great illustrations!

    My son (2 years old) loved this book. Wonderful old-fashioned looking illustrations accompany the rhyming story. We used the recipe after and made our own cookies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    The title of this story is The Gingerbread Man. An old man and w

    The title of this story is The Gingerbread Man. An old man and woman were going to make a gingerbread man. Then the old woman opened the oven and ran away like a snap. He meant a lot of people when he ran away he meant a butcher, black and white cow, and a muddy old sow, and a fox. If you want to know what happens next then read the book the gingerbread man and also I have more ideas. The gingerbread man book is a fun book. When the old man and woman made a gingerbread man with yummy food. A other way is the gingerbread man ran away like a snap. A other way is the gingerbread man got eaten and besides it needed to be eaten anyway. All my words so if you want to see who ate the gingerbread man then read the book the gingerbread man.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    One of the Very Best Versions of The Gingerbread Man

    This version of The Gingerbread Man is not to be missed (both board book and regular picture book). The illustrations are charming and the rhythm of the text imparts a sense of the rhythm of language to even the youngest children. As a former school librarian, I can attest to the book's success and popularity with all. I read it to my 20-month-old granddaughter over the holidays and she was charmed.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    The King of all the Ginger Man Books!

    This book beats all of the books made about Ginger Men. It has so many details about the Ginger Man, like how it tasted and if he had gumdrops or not, if he had a suit of icing. It demonstrates exactly how it smells and looks. When I was a child and I heard this story in a caset, I could already imagine all the characters, and the smells and the tastes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2008

    2nd grade book review

    I thought this book was okay bcause the book was funny. And it was sad. It was sad because the gingerbread man got eaten. It was funny because the characers had to run and run.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2007

    The Best Christmas Tale Ever!!!

    This is the best (yes I really mean the best)book ever. Buy it pronto!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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