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The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School Hardcover – July 7, 2011

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In Murray's children's debut, when a gingerbread man made by schoolchildren gets left behind at recess, he decides he has to find his class:"I'll run and I'll run, / As fast as I can. / I can catch them! I'm their / Gingerbread Man!" Teachers looking for a new way to start off the school year will eat this one up.  - Kirkus Reviews  

The Gingerbread Man heads to school in this delightful reshuffling of the traditional tale. Told in spot-on, deadpan rhyme and illustrated in large, comic-book-style panels, this title will leave kids giggling as they follow the G-man's efforts to be reunited with his class -- Booklist * Starred Review, Ilene Cooper

" - a spry, role-reversing story told through comic-book panels and buoyant verse, the gingerbread man is the pursuer, not the pursued. Cookie-related humor runs through both Murray's rhymes and Lowery's cartoons, as the gingerbread man--as dapper as he is determined--tracks a group of students through their school." - Publisher's Weekly

"This title will leave kids giggling as they follow the sometimes dire consequences of the G-man's efforts to be reunited with his class. . . . This reinvention of a venerable figure is funny to the max."  Booklist, starred review

About the Author

Laura Murray, a former teacher, began each school year with a unit in which kids would follow candy and crumb trails to find their missing Gingerbread Man. She lives in McLean, Virgina. This is her first book. 
Mike Lowery lives in a tiny cottage surrounded by trees where he mostly just makes art. His work has been seen in galleries and publications internationally and he is Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. His daughter Allister loves it when he draws faces on their bananas.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Gingerbread Man Loose
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250521
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laura Murray was a teacher before becoming an author, and had to deal with many an escaped Gingerbread Man in her time. Her first book, The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection; is a 2013-2014 Virginia, Illinois, and Nevada Reader's Choice Award Nominee; a Florida Children's Choice Award Honor book, and received glowing reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Horn Book, SLJ, along with a starred Booklist review.

Her new book - a fired-up, follow-up entitled The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck was inspired by the hard-working and enthusiastic fire fighters who used to visit her students during October Fire Safety week. And as the Kirkus review says, "This rapid-fire reboot of a traditional favorite will be a requested read-aloud for high-energy listeners...this sequel doesn't disappoint..."

Laura lives with her family in northern Virginia. Visit her online at www.LauraMurrayBooks.com for loads of fun Gingerbread Man and fire safety activities and lessons, standards-linked teacher's guides, as well as information on school author presentations.

Laura is a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and she is a two- time award winner of the Florida Freelance Writers Association Children's Writing Competition.

Author picture taken by one of Laura's favorite authors, Sonya Sones.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on July 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A class of students bakes a gingerbread man; the teacher calls, "Recess!" and the students race out the door, leaving the gingerbread man behind.

"I'll run and run, as fast as I can. I can catch them! I'm their gingerbread man!"

His misadventures are too funny as he scrambles to find his class.

The rhyming format incorporates the narration, as well as the dialogue of the gingerbread man and the other characters.

I hope this team (Laura Murray, author and Mike Lowery, artist) continue to entertain readers--we need more feel-good, laugh-until-you-cry books!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alison Jackson on July 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a fun and original take on an old favorite. Murray's Gingerbread Man is left behind in the classroom and creates all manner of mischief before the children return from recess. The illustrations are simple and childlike, and the cookie's adventures fit perfectly into school and library activities. A must for teachers and caregivers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Oliver on August 4, 2011
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"Gingerbread Man Loose in School" is the complete package! It's fun, engaging, full of action, and it has extras - a removable map in the back of the book, and a website with even more ideas. As a teacher, I appreciate its strong use of visual supports and rhyming to increase comprehension for young readers. Laura Murray has immediately become one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait for her next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry Lynn K on October 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is ADORABLE! I ordered it on a whim from my first grade daughter's Scholastic book order from school. I figured it would be the same boring type story, but I was WRONG! It's adorable, funny, sweet, and so cute. The whole book rhymes, and they are fun, creative rhymes. We've read the book at least 15 times this last week, and both still crack up every single time. I love this little Gingerbread Man, beautiful character development, and fun plot! Thank you for a great book!
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Each year the kindergarten teachers at my school start the year off with a gingerbread man unit, where the students decorate their own gingerbread man (paper). When I first saw this book, I thought it would be perfect to share when the students came to the library for the first time. The kindergarten teachers give me a gingerbread man that they have decorated with each class, and we pretend that it 'ran' away, (it's really fun to pretend not to know where it came from, I hide it in the book). Well, it turns out the book worked very well. The teachers liked it and the students liked it. And I liked it because (SPOILER) the gingerbread man doesn't get eaten at the end. In addition the book comes with a fun poster, with a maze, coloring page, and lesson ideas on the back. The author's website also has a complete reading guide. I kinda wish that I'd had time to prepare the gingerbread hunt for the students. I think it would have been fun.

Review wise the writing is clear and crisp and reads well out-loud (it does rhyme). The refrain changes slightly as the gingerbread man moves through the school (runs, skips, limps, etc.). The illustrations are really cute and compliment the story beautifully. The format is simplified comic with panels and speech bubbles and a fun font. The emphasized phrases help with reading out loud, the reader knows when to add emphasis. A winner in every way, I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Hunt on January 16, 2012
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The book is great for a unit we do to introduce employees at school at the beginning of the year. A good book to use comparing other gingerbread stories we read around Christmas time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Libby Norris on September 30, 2013
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It was cute as a back to school book. Not as funny as I had heard it was...the kids liked it which is most important
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This book is a wonderful read. It is a story about a gingerbread man that was baked by school children and left to cool while they go to recess. He thinks that he has been forgotten and goes looking for them. The gingerbread man has some misadventures while searching the school for the children who as it turns out are also searching for him! It is funny and entertaining. The rhyming text flows a bit like "Twas The Night Before Christmas". This story would be an awesome choice to read aloud to a class. There is a phrase that the gingerbread man repeats throughout the book that is great for the class to utilize to join in on the reading of this story. The illustration and visual layout is similar to a comic book. We purchase several new books for our seven and three year olds every few weeks and this definitely one of our favorites!
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