Reviews for Gingerbread Friends
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
Brett brings new meaning to "making friends" in this sequel to Gingerbread Baby. The main character, a gingerbread cookie, embarks on a quest for companions. Meanwhile, a parallel story emerges from the decorative illustrations' borders: Mattie bakes a whole batch of gingerbread friends who surprise Gingerbread Baby in a concluding foldout illustration. A spicy extension of a classic tale. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Library Media Connection Reviews 2009 January
Gingerbread Baby lives with a little boy but one day goes looking for more friends. He leaves the house and heads to the village. Through a bakery window, he sees a man and woman on top of a cake. He gains no response from them or the other cookie figures. Eventually he falls asleep in the bakery in a mouse hole and is awoken by a mouse nibbling on his marshmallow pom-pom. Narrowly escaping and making his way back home tired and sad, he goes up the stairs to see the many gingerbread friends that the little boy made for Gingerbread Baby. As with all Jan Brett?s books, the illustrations are colorful. Each page has a side panel illustrating how to make gingerbread cookies. There is a foldout at the end of the book, which is a nice surprise for young readers. Librarians will enjoy adding this to the library?s picture books collection. Recommended. Jo Monahan, Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries, Denton ¬ 2009 Linworth Publishing, Inc.
School Library Journal Reviews 2008 October
PreS-Gr 2 -Brett's highly detailed, luscious illustrations do a fine job telling this story for nonreaders, while readers and listeners will enjoy Gingerbread Baby's energy and enthusiasm. The roly-poly youngster lives in a gingerbread house in the bedroom of a boy named Mattie, but longs for fun and adventure. While Mattie is too busy in the kitchen to play with him, the Gingerbread Baby heads to the village to look for a friend of his own. He finds some good prospects at the bakery but ends up being chased by a mouse, followed by the baker and his wife, and eventually a red fox. The riotous run brings him back to Mattie's house where he finds an elaborately decorated cookie and candy village with a lot of gingerbread friends for him. Sidebars offer instructions for making gingerbread friends to eat and enjoy. The special foldout adds an element of surprise and delight for storytimes or one-on-one sharing.-Lisa Falk, Los Angeles Public Library [Page 92]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.