The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck

The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck

by Laura Murray, Mike Lowery
     
 

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Guess who gets to go along on a field trip to the firehouse? The Gingerbread Man! But when he falls out of his classmate's pocket, Spot the Dalmatian comes sniffing around. Luckily, this Gingerbread Man is one smart cookie, and he races into the fire truck, up the pole, and all through the station, staying one step ahead of the hungry dog the whole time.

Then an

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Overview

Guess who gets to go along on a field trip to the firehouse? The Gingerbread Man! But when he falls out of his classmate's pocket, Spot the Dalmatian comes sniffing around. Luckily, this Gingerbread Man is one smart cookie, and he races into the fire truck, up the pole, and all through the station, staying one step ahead of the hungry dog the whole time.

Then an emergency call comes in and the Gingerbread Man knows just what to do:

“I’ll ride to the rescue, as fast as I can.

I want to help, too! I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

With snappy rhymes and fresh illustrations, the Gingerbread Man makes a sweet return in his second school adventure. Includes a poster with fire safety tips and activities.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Author Laura Murray serves up a sassy treat with the second book in her acclaimed “Gingerbread Man” series. On a field trip with this “smart cookie,” youngsters not only thrill at the Giberbread Man’s adventures but also learn about fire stations. Pursued by a hungry Dalmatian, the cookie hops on a fire truck, helps with the fire hose, and earns his own tiny red helmet at the end. Murray’s rhyming verse and dialogue balloons are added to illustrator Mike Lowery’s high-energy comic-book panels to create a lively graphic picture book, perfect for emergent readers. Murray draws from her experience as a teacher to create fun, educational activities in her books and on her website, www.lauramurraybooks.com. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum AGERANGE: Ages 3 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this follow-up to The Gingerbread Man Loose in School (Putnam, 2011), the same cute cookie, now a classroom staple, is sneaked into a backpack so that he can go on the class field trip to the fire station. When the station's Dalmatian threatens to eat the little Gingerbread Man, he begins a mad scramble for safety: into the kitchen, onto the truck, and down the pole. While he eventually evades Spot, he is soon hanging onto the truck's ladder for dear life as the crew heads to a fire. Full of ridiculous bravado, the little fellow even manages to wrestle a bucking hose and put out the fire, saving the day and earning himself a tiny fire helmet from Company 4. Stylistically reminiscent of Mo Willems's work, Lowery's images vary between panels and full-page art. This silly tale, written in rhyming couplets, will make a fantastic read-aloud.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Kirkus Reviews
When the class goes on a field trip to the fire station, the Gingerbread Man is carried along in a child's backpack. He falls, unexpectedly, onto the snout of the firehouse dog, Spot the Dalmatian. In emergency mode, the well-known cookie streaks athletically through the firehouse, with the hungry pup at his heels. "I'll run and I'll dodge, / As fast as I can. / I'm not a dog bone! I'm the / Gingerbread Man!" He runs past his classmates, who are trying on all the firefighting gear. The chase continues with an up-close view of the truck, the crew's tightly made beds, the five-alarm chili cooking in the kitchen and, of course, the fire pole. When a true alarm blares, the little man jumps onto the fire truck for more adventures. Murray's vigorous rhythms stay at full speed throughout, keeping up with Lowery's action-filled illustrations. This duo debuted with The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School (2011), and this sequel doesn't disappoint. With illustrations done in pencil, screen printing and digital color, the new makeover for the speedy gingerbread man succeeds despite a completely stereotypical fire station. Thankfully, female Fire Chief Anne rewards the little hero and his classmates with helmets from Company Four. This rapid-fire reboot of a traditional favorite will be a requested read-aloud for high-energy listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399257797
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/27/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
144,020
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD600L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Laura was a teacher before becoming a writer, and had to deal with many an escaped Gingerbread Man in her time. She lives in McLean, Virginia.

Mike Lowery's work has been seen in galleries and publications across the globe. He is Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta.

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