School Library Journal Best Book of the Year 1998
Starred Review -- "Aylesworth has done a perfect job of shaping the text to read aloud smoothly with good repetitive phrases that ring true, ... McClintock's anthropomorphic animals are wonderfully realized ... The book comes complete with a recipe on the back cover. A satisfying version in every way." -- School Library Journal
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB) Blue Ribbon Book
Starred Review -- "You may have other versions of 'The Gingerbread Man' on your shelves- make lots of room for copies of this one." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Starred Review -- "The familiar tale of the cookie that outruns a series of countrified characters until he is outwitted by a fox, finds a fresh makeover ... The lively rhythm of the narrative keeps the beat for the parade of runners and propels readers along with it. By the time the baked boy reaches the handsomely turned-out fox reading under a tree, most readers will be utterly disarmed-and may well wish to come back again and again." -- Publishers Weekly
chanting, rhythmic text and vital narrative pictures, this version of
the popular folktale will be a favorite for storytelling with young
preschoolers." -- Booklist, 1998.
traditional cumulative tale, which Aylesworth endows with a lively
pace, is illustrated in a decidedly old-fashioned style, giving the
book the look and feel of a reproduction of an old edition." -- Kirkus Reviews, 1999.
and vigor run through the story as every figure is shown in action.
With even a recipe included, this is altogether an old-fashioned and
enjoyable version of a favorite tale." -- Horn Book, 1998.
May 1998 v96 n5 p28 (4) included this title in the cover story, "Books
Jump Off the Shelves" by Donna Leccese. Leccese said, "Scholastic cooks
up new 'Gingerbread' -- A new rendition of the classic, 'The
Gingerbread Man,' has been cooked up by children's storyteller Jim
Aylesworth and illustrator Barbara McClintock for Scholastic and
features whimsical animals dressed in period clothing along with a
gingerbread cookie recipe on the back cover."