After their first gingerbread disaster, the lonely old woman and the lonely old man gather their courage to bake again. They decide to make a girl this time, figuring she will be too sweet to leave home. But when they open the oven, it's all too familiar- " I'll run and I'll run/With a leap and a twirl./You can't catch me,/I'm the Gingerbread GIRL! "
You see, this smart cookie overheard the old woman and man talking about that dastardly fox, and she has a plan. Will it work? Let's just say that the ending is sweet for everyone.
"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. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2006 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Ernst (Sylvia Jean, Drama Queen) offers a spry takeoff on the tale of the hapless Gingerbread Boy, starring "his younger, wiser sister." Here, the woman and her husband, "lonelier than before," decide to bake a gingerbread girl and decorate her with candies ("Surely a sweet little girl wouldn't run away!"). Alas, the animated cookie does just that, declaring, "I'll run and I'll run/ With a leap and a twirl./ You can't catch me,/ I'm the Gingerbread girl!" Pursued by the distraught couple, the speedy gal repeats this refrain as she encounters a parade of characters, from a family of farmers, to a pig, to a young dog walker and a playground full of children, all of whom join the chase. When she comes across the fox that devoured her brother, the smart cookie plays dumb, accepting his ride in apparent innocence. But she loops a strand of her licorice hair around the animal's snout and "tied it off with a half-hitch knot." The tale ends at the no-longer lonely couple's home, where the heroine eagerly mixes up batter to bake cookies to feed the "hungry, happy household" filled with parade participants. Infused with ample humor and set against appealing gingham-checked backgrounds, Ernst's art handily conveys the story's energy and the title character's sassy personality. Ages 4-up. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved."
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