* Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page. To celebrate the holiday season, we are reviewing a great Christmas book every Tuesday this month!
Today’s great book: Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett (1999, Scholastic)
The Author’s Website: www.janbrett.com/index.html
Time to Read: short and sweet; great for naptime or anytime
Summary: from the publisher…”A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes from their oven and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale of the not-so-clever gingerbread man.”
Best Quote: “They measured and mixed. Matti rolled the dough into the shape of a gingerbread boy and they popped him in the oven. Bake a full eight minutes. No more. No less. DO NOT peek, the recipe read.”
Our View: If you are at all familiar with the wonderful variety of Jan Brett’s masterful children’s books, you know that one of the most special aspects of her books are the intricately detailed artwork that frames each and every page of her stories. In this particular work, the Gingerbread Boy actually ends up in a surprising place as he is chased through the forest by a wonderful group of interesting characters. This is a story that nearly tells itself through the illustrations and is great fun to read with your children.
Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe – “Gingerbread Babies” – created by the kids to accompany this particular book.