Reviews for Library Gingerbread Man

Booklist Reviews 2010 May #2
In this version of the oft-told tale, a plump, chocolaty-looking Gingerbread Man with frosting highlights, a gumdrop nose, and peppermint buttons escapes from his usual locale, in a book at number 398.2 at the library. He eludes the librarian, a word wizard (from 423.1), a giraffe (from 599.638), a robot (from 629.892), and so forth, and is pursued by a crowd of characters from each section of the Dewey decimal system, eventually meeting up with an Arctic fox (998), who offers to help him escape. Luckily, before the fox gets him, the clever librarian quickly closes the Gingerbread Man back into the book for the next eager reader. This is a clever, humorous, and basic guide to the library filled with attractive characters in a nicely appointed ambience of shelves chock-full of appealingly titled books. Pair with one of the many gingerbread renderings, such as The Gingerbread Girl, by Lisa Campbell Ernst (2006), or another library story, such as Library Lil, by Suzanne Williams (1997). Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 June

Gr 1-4--"At the library…. The Gingerbread Man lives at number 398.2." And so begins this Dewey decimal twist on an old favorite. When the naughty cookie escapes from the librarian, his pursuers include a thesaurus from 423.1 that cries, "Stop! Cease! Halt! Freeze! Stay!" and a robot from 629.892 that drones, "Stop. Stop. You. Are. Misplaced." As the impish runaway meets each new character, he echoes the familiar refrain, "Run, run, as fast as you can./You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man!" When he reaches the 920s, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Amelia Earhart all try in vain to catch him. "Even Jesse Owens, a record-breaking Olympic runner, couldn't keep up." Finally, an Arctic fox emerges from the 998s: "Looks like you're trapped…. I'm quick and light on my feet. Get up on my back." We all know what usually happens next, but the "clever librarian" saves the day and the cookie is safely reshelved where he belongs. The young woman sports cat's-eye glasses and a '70s striped and flowered frock; the pudgy brown protagonist is classically iced and has a pink candy nose; and the book spines feature humorous titles such as If You Give a Fox a Gingersnap. Children will delight in the picture of the wily fox waiting expectantly to swallow the little man. Pair this fun introduction to library organization with Jackie Mims Hopkins's Goldie Socks and the Three Librarians (Upstart, 2007) to welcome students back to school in September.--Barbara Auerbach, PS 217, Brooklyn, NY

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