Synopses & Reviews
This favorite fairytale is set on a farm. Children will love watching the gingerbread man run away from the old man and woman, the pig, the cow, and the horse, as he taunts them and sings: “Run, run as fast as you can! You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!” A humorous and playful retelling that comes complete with a gingerbread man recipe.
"It's no secret that Rodriguez loves a good chase look no further than The Chicken Thief and its sequels so the story of the Gingerbread Man is an ideal choice for her. There's nothing particularly notable about the retelling itself ('Once upon a time, a little old woman and a little old man lived in a cottage. One day the little old woman made a gingerbread man'). The story's charms lie entirely in the artwork, which features all the drama, expressive characters, and mischievousness that Rodriguez's fans have come to expect. Rodriguez seeds her spreads with humorous details: a cow that joins the chase is seen sunbathing when the Gingerbread Man runs past, swinging past on the cow's tail; the 'little old woman' never takes off her oven mitts and apron. The only happy ending belongs to the fox (another Rodriguez specialty), who offers to help the Gingerbread Man cross the river the last readers see of the Gingerbread Man, he is headed straight for the fox's gaping jaws, a look of alarm on his face. A gingerbread cookie recipe is included. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The artwork...features all the drama, expressive characters, and mischievousness that Rodriguez’s fans have come to expect."- Publisher's Weekly review of The Gingerbread Man
"Rodriguez illustrations yield amusing, attention-rewarding details...worth a nibble."- Kirkus Reviews review of The Gingerbread Man Kirkus Reviews
""Appeal is high due to the sweet illustrations and easily read and understood rhymes, and the chance for children to transform the bird themselves.""- School and Library Journal
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About the Author
Béatrice Rodriguez is a prolific illustrator creating children’s picture books as well as pictures for the press. She was born in 1969 and received her degree from the School of Decorative Arts in Strasbourg. She lives in France.