How to Catch a Gingerbread Man by Adam Wallace,  illustrated by Andy Elkerton

How to Catch a Gingerbread Man by Adam Wallace,  illustrated by Andy Elkerton. Sourcebooks, 2021. 9781728209357

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

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Picture book

What did you like about the book:   Another delightful “How To Catch…” story with rhyming text and humorous illustrations that is sure to entertain young readers.    This tale is a spin on the beloved classic, “The Gingerbread Man”, and told in the cookie’s own voice.  It begins with ‘Once upon a time at the bookstore’, but while reading about the gingerbread man, he pops right off the page with breakaway speed.   “Run, run as fast as you can!  Can you catch me?  I’m the Gingerbread Man!”  The kids try to catch him with a variety of STEAM traps but he outsmarts them all with the help of other storybook characters, including Peter Pan, Harry Potter, the Wizard of Oz, Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Alice in Wonderland, and Peter Rabbit.  Finally, in fairytale form, the gingerbread man jumps back in the storybook to give his tale a happily ever after ending.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   A fun read aloud in the classroom and at home.  This would be a wonderful introduction to STEAM activities and gingerbread man traps.  And for anyone who has enjoyed the other “How To Catch…” stories.  

Who should buy this book?  Preschools, elementary schools, home and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Julie Durmis, J.C. Solmonese Elementary School, Norton, MA

Date of review:  July 26, 2021

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