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"I am the Gingerbread Baby,That sassy cookie! When Matti opens the oven door just a little too soon, out pops a gingerbread baby instead of the gingerbread boy he was expecting. Eluding all efforts to catch him, the flat, becandied baby is chased around the village and into the countryside. He mercilessly taunts Matti's parents, a cat, the milk and cheese man, goats, villagers, a fox, and more. In a less traumatic twist on the classic Gingerbread Boy story, this Gingerbread Baby even outfoxes the fox. Sure he's bratty, but he doesn't deserve the gruesome end the Gingerbread Boy usually comes to. Matti makes sure this naughty but appealing little one ends up right where he belongs.
Fresh from the pan.
If you want me,
Catch me if you can!"
This fresh-baked version of the traditional nursery story is brought to you from the creative and award-winning ovens of Jan Brett. Best known for such favorites as The Mitten and The Hat, she has illustrated many other familiar folktales. Her intricately detailed paintings, with their pretty, illuminated borders, are a perfect fit for the Swiss mountainside setting of this cozy old tale. And don't miss the Gingerbread Baby plush! (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
Brett (The Mitten; Comet's Nine Lives) presents a rather wordy and wandering version of "The Gingerbread Boy." Impatient for the gingerbread man to bake the full eight minutes that is specified in the cookbook, Matti opens the oven door prematurely and a doughy baby jumps out instead: "I am the Gingerbread Baby,/ Fresh from the pan./ If you want me,/ Catch me if you can." The cherubic child remains at home while his parents and a smattering of animals lead a cumulative chase through the Swiss countryside, depicted in minutely detailed pictures. Within the artist's characteristically intricate borders, windowlike cutouts shaped like gingerbread cookie cutters reveal Matti's activities at home: he bakes, constructs and decorates an elaborate gingerbread house, which he then places in a clearing in the woods. Well ahead of his pursuers, the fugitive cookie discovers the elaborate structure and happily takes refuge inside. The grand finale allows youngsters to lift a flap shaped like the gingerbread house to uncover its new resident, smiling and winking. Brett's fetching art offsets her rather facile narrative in a book likely to please her faithful fans and holiday gift shoppers. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
This is a book which kids will love because it not only has a charming story but the illustrations are incredible. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lorian Gillies
The entire process was excellent. The item arrived sooner than I expected. It was in perfect condition. It looked as if it had just come off the bookstore shelf.Published on Jan. 7 2012 by marilyn
The Gingerbread Man never grows, or bakes, up in this rendition thanks to an impatient little boy. The illustration of the gingerbread baby tying the two girls braids together is... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2003 by Lovisa Gustaffson
The story is a fantistic twist on the Gingerbread boy tale of old. I agree with all the othe posts. I want only to add, that I found Jan Brett's web page ([... Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002
Fantastic! Jan Brett's illustrations are wonderful and really hold the children's attention. She also gives a new twist on the ending which the children loved. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2001 by Kathryn M. Watts
I teach in an elementary school of over 800 students. Each year I present a unit on Jan Brett. I introduce her as my personal favorite author/illustrator. Read morePublished on June 3 2001 by Connie Brannon
Jan Brett's illustrations are so beautifully detailed and intricate that it is a pleasure to read this book to my child. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2001 by M. Hilary Gardner
I use this book in a Jan Brett author/illustrator unit with my Kindergartener, third and fifth graders. The children love the sassy little gingerbread baby. Read morePublished on Dec 12 2000 by Connie Brannon