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The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School [Hardcover]

Laura Murray , Mike Lowery

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Book Description

July 12 2011 Gingerbread Man Loose
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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (July 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250521
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.5 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This title will leave kids giggling as they follow the sometimes dire consequences of the G-man's efforts to be reunited with his class. . . . This reinvention of a venerable figure is funny to the max."  
(Booklist, starred review)

About the Author

Laura Murray a former teacher, began each school year with a unit in which kids would follow candy and crumb trails to find their missing Gingerbread Man. She lives in Toronto, Canada. This is her first book.

Mike Lowery lives in a tiny cottage surrounded by trees where he mostly just makes art. His work has been seen in galleries and publications internationally and he is Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. His daughter Allister loves it when he draws faces on their bananas.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is hysterical! July 25 2011
By Deborah Sandford - Published on
A class of students bakes a gingerbread man; the teacher calls, "Recess!" and the students race out the door, leaving the gingerbread man behind.

"I'll run and run, as fast as I can. I can catch them! I'm their gingerbread man!"

His misadventures are too funny as he scrambles to find his class.

The rhyming format incorporates the narration, as well as the dialogue of the gingerbread man and the other characters.

I hope this team (Laura Murray, author and Mike Lowery, artist) continue to entertain readers--we need more feel-good, laugh-until-you-cry books!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gingerbread Man on the Loose July 14 2011
By Alison Jackson - Published on
This is a fun and original take on an old favorite. Murray's Gingerbread Man is left behind in the classroom and creates all manner of mischief before the children return from recess. The illustrations are simple and childlike, and the cookie's adventures fit perfectly into school and library activities. A must for teachers and caregivers!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a winner! Aug. 4 2011
By Margaret Oliver - Published on
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"Gingerbread Man Loose in School" is the complete package! It's fun, engaging, full of action, and it has extras - a removable map in the back of the book, and a website with even more ideas. As a teacher, I appreciate its strong use of visual supports and rhyming to increase comprehension for young readers. Laura Murray has immediately become one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait for her next book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! Oct. 25 2012
By Kerry Lynn K - Published on
This book is ADORABLE! I ordered it on a whim from my first grade daughter's Scholastic book order from school. I figured it would be the same boring type story, but I was WRONG! It's adorable, funny, sweet, and so cute. The whole book rhymes, and they are fun, creative rhymes. We've read the book at least 15 times this last week, and both still crack up every single time. I love this little Gingerbread Man, beautiful character development, and fun plot! Thank you for a great book!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School Jan. 16 2012
By V. Hunt - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The book is great for a unit we do to introduce employees at school at the beginning of the year. A good book to use comparing other gingerbread stories we read around Christmas time.

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