The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School
by Laura Murray
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
G. P. Putnam’s Sons
When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He'll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: "I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!"
With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, the Gingerbread Man does find his class, and he's assured they'll never leave him behind again.
Teachers often use the Gingerbread Man story to introduce new students to the geography and staff of schools, and this fresh, funny twist on the original can be used all year long. Includes a poster with fun activities!
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STARRED REVIEW: "The Gingerbread Man heads to school in this delightful reshuffling of the traditional tale. Told in spot-on, deadpan rhyme and illustrated in large, comic-book-style panels, this title will leave kids giggling as they follow the sometimes dire consequences of G-man's efforts to be reunited with his class…This reinvention of a venerable figure is funny to the max.” —Booklist
“In Murray's children's debut, when a gingerbread man made by schoolchildren gets left behind at recess, he decides he has to find his class: 'I'll run and I'll run, as fast as I can. I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!' And so begins his rollicking rhyming adventure as he runs, limps, slides and skips his way through the school, guided on his way by the friendly teachers he meets. The book's comic-book layouts suits the elementary-school tour… while Lowery's cartoon artwork fits the folktale theme. Teachers looking for a new way to start off the school year will eat this one up.” —Kirkus
“A spry, role-reversing story told through comic-book panels and buoyant verse, the gingerbread man is the pursuer, not the pursued. Cookie-related humor runs through both Murray's rhymes and Lowery's cartoons, as the gingerbread man--as dapper as he is determined--tracks a group of students through their school." —Publisher's Weekly
“There's a satisfying epic quality to the cookie's home-away-home journey, well scaled to readers' frame of reference. There are also some great cookie-centric lines in Murray's rhyming text … Lowery's cartoon-panel mixed-media illustrations imbue the highly sympathetic, wide-eyed confection with an abundance of personality… there's an endearing sweetness to this Gingerbread Man.”—Horn Book
Awards & Honors
2015 Publisher’s Weekly Picture Book Bestseller
2015 Barnes & Noble National Storytime Book
2014-15 Indiana Young Hoosier’s Award Nominee
2014-15 Iowa Goldfinch Award Nominee
2013-14 Winner of Virginia Reader’s Choice Award
2013-14 Winner of the Illinois Monarch Award
2013-14 South Dakota Prairie Bud Award Nominee
2013-14 Colorado Children’s Choice Award Nominee
2013-14 Nevada Reader's Choice Award Nominee
2012-13 Florida Children's Choice Honor Book
2012-13 Washington Children’s Choice Nominee
2012-13 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
2012-13 Mississippi Magnolia Award Nominee
Junior Library Guild Selection
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best book
Starred ALA Booklist Review
Finalist SCBWI Crystal Kite Award
2012 Featured in NY Society of Illustrators Original Art Show
Scholastic Book Clubs & Audio Book Bestseller
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