Reviews for Gingerbread Girl

Booklist Reviews 2006 August #2
Everyone remembers the ill-fated Gingerbread Boy, but few know about his smarter sister. After losing the boy, his elderly bakers are loath to try another cookie, but finally they create a gingerbread girl. Sure enough, she runs away "with a leap and a twirl. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Girl." Inventive, though occasionally clunky rhymes describe the girl as she runs away from a dog walker, an artist, cows, and kids. Then she meets the fox, who slyly agrees to a safe trip ashore. It looks like Gingerbread Girl will go the way of her brother. But she turns out to be a smart cookie with a clever plan, a twist that's the most innovative part of the story. Ernst's familiar art, here placed against gingham-check backgrounds, utilizes the oversize format to best advantage, with large characters leaping out of their frames. On the cover, the candy-studded Gingerbread Girl with licorice-whip hair stares boldly out at readers. Kids won't be able to resist following her inside. ((Reviewed September 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
The lonely couple who lost their Gingerbread Boy to the wily fox tries again, this time fashioning a girl. And off she goes, her red licorice hair ablaze on the oversized pages, chanting a variant of her brother's mantra. While Ernst's happy ending may be too sweet for tradition to bear, this Gingerbread Girl, to quote the fox, is one cute cookie. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #6
Although the oversized pages in retro pastel gingham bring to mind The Lonely Doll, this Gingerbread Girl is thoroughly modern. It is her creators who are lonely: they have already lost their Gingerbread Boy to the wily fox when they decide to try again, this time fashioning a girl. And off she goes, chanting a variant of her brother's mantra: "I'll run and I'll run / With a leap and a twirl. / You can't catch me, / I'm the Gingerbread GIRL!" As an increasing crowd follows her in soft sepia tones on the text pages, the Gingerbread Girl commands attention on each facing page-larger than life, red licorice hair ablaze, peppermint epaulets almost twirling with glee. Even the Gingerbread Girl's words stand out: while the story of those she runs from appears in classic black font, the heroine gets larger, italicized fonts in red and brown. The crowd turns from sepia to technicolor when the Gingerbread Girl undoes the fox. While Ernst's happy ending may be too sweet and conciliatory for tradition to bear, this Gingerbread Girl, to quote the fox, is one cute cookie. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2006 September #1
This cute and clever sequel is the story of the Gingerbread Boy's younger sister. Rationalizing that a sweet girl surely would not run away from them, the lonely old couple again attempts a gingerbread child. But she has other ideas: "I'll run and I'll run / With a leap and a twirl. / You can't catch me, / I'm the Gingerbread Girl!" As she runs through town, she captures the interest and appetite of many, but she just spouts witty poetry and sings her trademark refrain. At the river, she accepts a ride on the fox's tail, moves to his back as the water creeps higher and even climbs onto his head. But in one cunning move, she masters the fox and leads her entourage back to the old couple's house where they bake gingerbread for everyone and are never lonely again. Ernst's facial expressions are spot-on. Her illustrations reflect the country setting in both the muted colors and the gingham pattern of the borders and backgrounds. A wonderful addition to other happy-ending, empowered-girl, fairytale remakes. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

Library Media Connection - August/September 2007
A lonely, elderly couple again decides to bake a gingerbread girl. After the ill-fated outcome of the gingerbread boy, the couple makes a girl hoping the results will be different. Once the gingerbread girl is done baking and the oven door opened, she starts running away. She runs away from several characters, which include a farm family, a pig, a dog walker, an artist, cows, and a playground full of kids. Each of the characters adds to the chase. At last she meets the fox. Instead of being eaten by the fox, she outwits him and captures and trains him by feeding him gingerbread crumbs. The book captures the different events through the author's humorous illustrations. The rhyming text would be easy for young readers to enjoy. This entertaining picture book will be a good choice for an elementary library or a public library's read-aloud section. Recommended. Jo Monahan, Librarian, University of North Texas Libraries, Denton © 2007 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

School Library Journal Reviews 2006 November

PreS-Gr 2 Not as substantial a story as that of the unfortunate gingerbread boy, Ernst's confectionary tale is, nevertheless, entertaining. Like her brother, this perky pastry, covered from head to toe in candies, bolts from the oven and outruns a farm family, a pig, an artist, a cow and her calf, a dog walker, and some children at recess before jumping onto the same fox's back. However, by using a strand of her licorice-whip hair to lasso the hungry creature, the Gingerbread Girl proves that she is one sharp cookie who knows how to turn around a sticky situation. Large, pleasantly appealing cartoon illustrations are set upon pale backgrounds of blue, mauve, tan, and green gingham. Despite the forced rhyme of the protagonist's speech ( I can leap past piggy/Like all of the others./This story will not end/Like that of my brother's! ) and a couple of unnecessary remarks made by the fox ( Anyone could tell by looking at her that she was an airhead ), the story provides enough amusement to make it appealing but not a first purchase. Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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