The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School – Laura Murray, illustrated by Mike Lowery

   The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School – Laura Murray, illustrated by Mike Lowery, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, (9781101996942), 2018

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  The Gingerbread Man returns for his fifth book in the series to help the class deal with a mischievous leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day.  The leprechaun is causing havoc throughout the school and leaving behind little green notes with clues to where he will strike next: “Fo-Fiddley-Fee! You can’t catch me! For I’m as sneaky as can be.  I placed all the books in my favorite shape and planned a few hijinks before my escape.”  The Gingerbread Man is on the case, “I can catch him! I’m the Gingerbread Man!”  The Gingerbread Man builds a Rube Goldberg contraption to catch the leprechaun and all ends well, although the leprechaun does promise to return next year.  The illustrations, rendered with pencil, traditional screen printing and digital color, have a fun comic-book style in panels ranging from half-page to full spread.  This is a fun addition to the very limited number of St. Patrick’s Day picture books.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day story time.  Readers who followed Murray’s Gingerbread man in the earlier books will welcome this newest adventure.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  2/7/18            


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