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Ginger Bear Kindle Edition

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Length: 32 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Age Level: 5 - 8
Grade Level: K - 3
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PreSchool-Grade 2—This edgy story has some British touches and a slightly arch tone that add a lovely fairy-tale flavor to it. When Horace makes a cookie in the shape of a bear, he can't wait to eat it, but then it is dinner time, then he has brushed his teeth, and there is nothing to do but put his gingerbread bear in a tin for safekeeping on his pillow. When Ginger Bear wakes up, there is no one to play with so he decides to bake himself some friends. He makes enough fabulously iced and decorated cookie bears to have a circus, one so thrilling that no one notices the approach of Bongo the dog. While the cookie carnage that follows might rattle a few tender souls, others will beg for a rereading of the crumbled cookie spread, and all will be satisfied by Ginger Bear's clever and considerably safer new career in a bake-shop display window. Wonderful art that matches the text in its ability to be comfortingly familiar and perverse at the same time pleases with a great many witty details and an appealingly varied layout. The nearly psychedelic illustration of Ginger Bear squeezing pink icing over rapturous cookies as the backdrop shimmers with sprinkles is a treat in itself. This is a tasty choice for fans of Traction Man Is Here! (Knopf, 2005) as well as anyone who's enjoyed the various retellings of "The Gingerbread Boy."—Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY
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Horace's mum gives him a lump of dough, and he uses a cookie cutter to make a gingerbread bear, but whenever Horace is about to take a chomp, his mother makes him wait; finally, it's time for bed. As Horace sleeps, the bear wakes up and decides to do some baking. Soon, Ginger Bear has a whole slew of confectionary friends; in fact, a circus ensues with tumblers, trapezists, and strongmen. Bongo the dog ends it all in a double-page-spread massacre with bits and pieces of the cookies here, there, and everywhere. Ginger Bear escapes, however, to a place where a cookie can be safe—a window display in a bakery shop. The story in this new offering from the author and illustrator of Traction Man Is Here (2005) is light, but the artwork is strong and inventive, with so much rich detail that readers will hardly know where to look first. Grey, who uses watercolor, acrylics, and collaged photographs for the fantastic mix, notes, "No cookies were harmed in the making of the pictures." Cooper, Ilene

Product Details

  • File Size: 13981 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 31, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HE8EK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,912,170 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mini Grey was given her name after being born in a Mini in a car park in Newport, Wales. She studied for an MA in Sequential Illustration at Brighton under the tutelage of John Vernon Lord. Mini also worked as a primary school teacher in Oxford, where she now lives.

Her books include Egg Drop, The Pea and the Princess (shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), Biscuit Bear (winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award), Traction Man is Here (winner of the Boston Horn Book Award and shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (winner of the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award and winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal), and Traction Man meets Turbodog. Mini Grey is one of the Big Picture's ten Best New Illustrators.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Holly Holton on September 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We are borrowing this from the library and my daughter wants me to read it to her over and over again. The story is very cute. At first you think it's about Horace, a little boy who has made a delicious cookie, but then it takes a twist and you enter the world of the cookie. The artwork is really great. This author can do it all. I recommend this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reading mom on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My four and six year old love this book. We picked it up from the library and it became an instant classic. It is on my "to buy" list. For my four year old it is a fun and imaginative story of a gingerbread bear that escapes being eaten by his maker, Horace. My six year old and I enjoy the humor and irony. My favorite line, "Bongo the dog loved cookies too (but not in a way that is particulary good for cookies)." The illustrations are great too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mini Grey's GINGER BEAR stars a gingerbread bear with a mind of his own. Ginger Bear loves to whip up cookie friends who perform circus acts and thwart a dangerous dog who loves cookies. Can the short-lived cookie friends survive?
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By K the runner on November 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book chronicles the life of Ginger Bear, a cookie. Horace's mum gives him some gingerbread dough and a cookie cutter and he makes a cookie. He doesn't get to eat Ginger Bear so he saves him in a tin on his pillow. During the night Ginger Bear gets bored, goes into the kitchen and makes lots of cookie bear friends decorated as circus performers. The cookies perform their circus acts in the kitchen until Bongo the dog interrupts. After Bongo comes into the kitchen all of the cookies are reduced to little pieces except for Ginger Bear. Bongo is a little scary with teeth bared but it's not too scary. My kids seem to accept that this is what a dog would to to a kitchen full of cookies. I highly recommend this book and anything else by Mini Grey.
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