The Gingerbread Man
& the Leprechaun Loose at School
by Laura Murray
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Inside Each Book!
Uh-Oh! This leprechaun is trouble!
After a mischievous leprechaun makes a mess in the school band room, the Gingerbread Man vows to catch him. He follows the leprechaun's clues all around the building finding chaos everywhere--even in the library! But then he finds a clue that almost scares the buttons off of him. It says the leprechaun's next target might be a house made of gingerbread!
Luckily, the Gingerbread Man makes it to his classroom in time to set a trap for the leprechaun. He'll show that mischief maker that he messed with the wrong cookie this time.
"I'm on a mission! I've got a good plan.
I can catch him! I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
In his fifth outing, Murray’s Gingerbread Man—now fully integrated into the school where he was originally on the loose—goes from being chased to doing the chasing after a rascally leprechaun shows up on the scene on a “mess-making spree.” The Gingerbread Man and the other students follow a trail of clues to find the leprechaun, eventually setting up a Rube Goldberg–style trap that thwarts the creature’s plans to trash the school (“With a glint in his eye, he skipped through the door,/ not noticing glue that was spread on the floor”). Lowery tracks the unfolding action in commotion-filled panels and spreads, and Murray’s punchy rhymes deliver an energetic chase with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. — Publisher’s Weekly
Murray and Lowery’s cookie main character is back, this time doing his best to foil a March prankster.
“FO-FIDDLEY-FEE! / You can’t catch me! / For I’m on a leprechaun / mess-making spree!” With this announcement, the tiny, green-suited imp dashes away, a trail of shamrocks in his wake. He also leaves notes on green paper: clues that the Gingerbread Man helps the kids decode and that lead the class on a hunt for the mischief-maker. Together they put the music room to rights, but then the kids head to lunch, and the cookie takes up the hunt alone. The leprechaun’s next target is the library, where he accidentally leaves his hat. The Gingerbread Man beats the leprechaun to his next target and sets a clever Rube Golberg–esque trap. Trading the hat for a mess-free school, the Gingerbread Man saves the day. Lowery’s artwork—pencil, screen printing, and digital color—combines full-page illustrations with comic-style panels… [with] humorous details that will tickle readers… After this test of his tracking and capturing skills, what will the Gingerbread Man tackle next?
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