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The Gingerbread Cowboy Hardcover – August 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060778636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060778637
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3–A delightful, infectiously cheerful, Southwestern rendition of a familiar story. Phrases used to describe biscuits, such as plump as pillows, soft as clouds, and tasty as a big Texas barbecue, just roll off the tongue. Bow-legged and dressed in a vest, boots, hat, and a big belt buckle, the Gingerbread Cowboy teases: Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man and includes an added refrain, and raced away as fast as his boots could carry him. The lively text demands to be read aloud. The illustrations are bold: while the rancher and his wife look a bit flat, and the expressions of the cattle are cookie-cutter perfect, the Cowboy contorts his body expressively, and the coyote is infinitely sly. The orangey-brown land and sparse green cacti convey a sense of desolation, but the colorful crowd of animals and cowboys stands out dramatically against the parched landscape. Berry plays with point of view as the various figures trade levels of prominence. The rancher's wife bakes, almost lassoes the clever coyote, and later instructs the creature on how to make his own Gingerbread Cowboy. A fresh version of an old favorite.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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PreS-K. In her first picture book, Squires gives the popular folktale a Wild West setting, where the rancher's wife, tired of baking her husband biscuits, makes a gingerbread cowboy complete with a vest and big hat. When the gingerbread boy leaps out of the oven and wriggles through the corral fence, he is chased by javelinas (boars), by long-horned cattle ("No more grass for us! We want gingerbread"), and by cowboys riding the range--until he meets a tricky coyote napping in the sun. Berry's double-page spreads, painted in lots of brown and green, make the chase a series of uproarious encounters across the wide desert. One of the best scenes is the close-up of the coyote drawn with lots of furry cross-hatching, stretched out on the sand, one sly eye open. Preschoolers will join in the chant ("Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can't catch me . . .") as they enjoy this universal trickster tale with a cowboy slant. Hazel Rochman
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We used it in my 4th grade reading class.
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The illustrations are colorful and the story is well written.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Linda Zupan on March 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a Kindergarten teacher, I am always looking for a new twist on an old story. One of the best ways to help children to start crafting their own stories is to have them use a character they already know and change the setting or other characters in the story to make it their own. This book is a great example of doing this. My class enjoyed the book. When I lent the book to another teacher, her children loved it so they were running around the yard calling Giddy up! as they chased each other. She told me that they didn't have that reaction to the original story!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Hardeman on March 8, 2007
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Great twist on a classic tale. My class of first graders LOVED it!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Martin C. Courtney on November 2, 2006
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The classic tale of the gingerbread man searching for freedom with the wrong people goes out west. The artwork is done in a style that accentuates the western theme. Well worth adding to any early reader's library.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis VINE VOICE on December 2, 2006
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This is a great book for the youngest readers! Your little ones will delight in the Gingerbread Cowboy's chase across the barren lands of the Old West as he runs to save his life. Many animals are after him but he manages to outwit them all, even the clever old coyote, with the help of the rancher's wife.

Kids will laugh when they hear the Gingerbread Cowboy chant, " ... You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man." They will certainly enjoy the colorful illustrations of the animals depicted against the contrasting, muted background of the Old West desert and mountains.

Hazel Rochman, BOOKLIST reviewer, describes this story best (see Editorial Reviews above): " ... universal trickster tale with a cowboy slant."

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 25, 2008
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Nifty! It's a great twist on the classic. I collect versions of the Ginger bread. This one is a great addition. I like the ending with the fox/wolf being replaced by a coyote.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Spradlin on February 4, 2013
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This book is perfect for comparing and contrasting with the Gingerbread Man! We used it in my 4th grade reading class.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Friedman on January 21, 2013
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A great variation on the theme. My wife collect all the variations she can for use in her classroom. This one was well received! They loved it. I loved it too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanee E. on September 5, 2011
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I bought this book to read to my children. They love it! I also read it to my preschool class and let the kids take turns wearing a cowboy hat as saying the "Can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man" part. It was so fun and the illustrations are colorful and gorgeous. I love this book!
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