From School Library Journal
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 safea 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