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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (Sept. 11 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399251618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399251610
  • Product Dimensions: 29.1 x 1.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."


With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."


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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa6cfef48) out of 5 stars 51 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6881a14) out of 5 stars Jan Brett Scores Again! Oct. 16 2008
By Lynn Ellingwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Gingerbread baby needs some friends but can he make them? Can he talk to them? Where do you find friends for gingerbread babies? Well, let's go to town and find out! What a wonderful story and so charming too. Jan Brett has some secrets for us in the corners of her books. It hints at the ending but you have to pay attention to find out!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6881a68) out of 5 stars ... up any of Ms Brett's storybooks you won't be disappointed! Between her actual story Oct. 29 2014
By Rosa Cline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you pick up any of Ms Brett's storybooks you won't be disappointed! Between her actual story , the illustrations and on each page in the corner or somewhere on each page is another 'story within the story' being told within those illustrations! Fabulous!

In this story Gingerbaby lives in a little boys room in the house by himself. He is lonely so he ventures out to find his own friends one day when the little boy has gone away. He sees a couple that looks like him but bigger in a window so he goes in to visit.. he greets them but closer look they just stand and star out ahead of them. He tries this several time with several things he encounters... discouraged and unhappy he returns home. And when he gets there the little boy had been making him the biggest of all the surprises... not one friend but LOTS!

The story within the story in this book is actually a recipe for gingerbread cookies! How well they are I don't know as I haven't made them but it was a wonderful idea to include it.

Fun Holiday story for you and your little ones, or if your a kids at heart just a fun book to read at the holidays (or anytime for that matter).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6881ea0) out of 5 stars A Delicious Sequel Nov. 7 2008
By Colleen D. Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In the Gingerbread Baby, Mattie made the Gingerbread Baby a house to live in. In this sequel, The Gingerbread Baby is lonely and needs a friend. Where should he look to find a friend? Find out when you read about his Gingerbread Friends adventure. The Gingerbread Baby is found looking for a friend to live in the house Mattie made for him. Along the way he realizes that not all cookies want to be his friend and that sometimes home is a safe place to be. Jan Brett makes me want a Gingerbread Friend in this delicious new book! Children just eat this story up with the colorful illustrations. You can spend so much time looking at the beautiful pictures with your children. It is fun to watch Mattie at work in the side illustrations which you will find in many Jan Brett books. This is a must read for the holiday season and will be found on many k-3 classroom shelves. Be sure to check out Jan Brett's site for extensions to match this book!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa688527c) out of 5 stars Beautiful book Dec 21 2013
By arv - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I looked through the pages and read the story of Gingerbread Friends before shipping the two copies off to Grandchildren for Christmas. The illustrations and story are delightful ! I loved that as you turned the pages, the recipe for Gingerbread Cookies evolved. Jan Brett's illustrations are just amazing, colorful and full of detail ! I am waiting for other of her books to arrive, expecting them to be just as inviting. I wish I could watch the expressions on our Grandchildren's faces as they enjoy these books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6885228) out of 5 stars wonderful book Dec 30 2015
By E. Ervin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I like this story but I love Jan Brett's illustrations. They are absolutely outstanding. It is fun to discuss the pictures with children and listen to what they say. I have never had a disappointing Brett book and this one is another great keeper.


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