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Gingerbread Baby Library Binding – October 4, 1999
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"I am the Gingerbread Baby,That sassy cookie! When Matti opens the oven door just a little too soon, out pops a gingerbread baby instead of the gingerbread boy he was expecting. Eluding all efforts to catch him, the flat, becandied baby is chased around the village and into the countryside. He mercilessly taunts Matti's parents, a cat, the milk and cheese man, goats, villagers, a fox, and more. In a less traumatic twist on the classic Gingerbread Boy story, this Gingerbread Baby even outfoxes the fox. Sure he's bratty, but he doesn't deserve the gruesome end the Gingerbread Boy usually comes to. Matti makes sure this naughty but appealing little one ends up right where he belongs.
Fresh from the pan.
If you want me,
Catch me if you can!"
This fresh-baked version of the traditional nursery story is brought to you from the creative and award-winning ovens of Jan Brett. Best known for such favorites as The Mitten and The Hat, she has illustrated many other familiar folktales. Her intricately detailed paintings, with their pretty, illuminated borders, are a perfect fit for the Swiss mountainside setting of this cozy old tale. And don't miss the Gingerbread Baby plush! (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
First of all, the book explains EXACTLY why the Gingerbread Baby appears in the first place. In the original tale, a woman cooking the gingerbread merely opens the oven door and out pops the cocky cookie. In this story, however, a boy (Matti) and his mother are following the recipe found in a worn-looking cookbook. Though the recipe instructs to bake a gingerbread boy for a full eight minutes, "No more. No less. DO NOT peek", Matti cannot resist taking just a little glance at the yummy pastry man. Too late he realizes his mistake and the Gingerbread Baby (it's still too young to be a gingerbread boy, you see) leaps out to its freedom. The next few pages show the various modes of escape the creature uses to keep from being eaten by everyone from Matti's parents to dogs, goats, pigs, peasants, and a crafty fox. In the traditional story, the fox is the clever party that devours the Gingerbread Boy. Not so here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good quality, fast shipping. We love this story - a Christmas classic :)Published 20 days ago by Lauren
I cannot tell you how much I loathe this book. It is irritating as is the main character. The art work makes my eyes want to bleed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by F. Auer
In the same size, landscape style board book as ‘The Mitten’, this book also contains the most outstanding illustrations. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Treenz
A Jan Brett classic in a board book. I gave this book to my niece for Christmas.Published 5 months ago by Hubs
Darling book! Excellent ending with beautiful illustrations!Published 6 months ago by kristina george