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The Gingerbread Boy
Contributor(s): Galdone, Paul

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ISBN: 0899191630     ISBN-13: 9780899191638
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: March 1983

Annotation: The gingerbread boy eludes the grasp of a host of hungry characters, including the old woman who baked him, until he happens upon a fox more clever than he. Full-color illustrations.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fairy tales.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Classics
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: BL 99931961
Lexile Measure: 580
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Series: Paul Galdone Classics
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.25" H x 9.75" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs) 36 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 37036
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q04497
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
"The classic tale of the old couple, with no children of their own, who bake a gingerbread boy to keep them company. Just as the little old woman is about to take him from the oven, he slips away and runs out the door past a cow, a horse, a group of threshers, mowers, etc. All follow in hot pursuit until the gingerbread boy meets up with a wily fox, and 'at last and at last he went the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven . . . He was all gone ' A wonderfully frenetic cross-country chase is depicted in Galdone's broadly humorous color wash drawings. Of the eight editions of this well-known story now in print, this hilarious version is the most delectable."
--School Library Journal, starred
"Galdone has already proven many times over that he is perfectly at home with those traditional nursery tales that are still preschoolers' favorites, and his expressive, unassuming style just right for their very young audience. . . . Children will follow along breathlessly . . . right up to that last snip snap snip when the Gingerbread Boy goes 'the way of every single gingerbread boy that ever came out of an oven.'"--Kirkus Reviews

Contributor Bio(s): IV>Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1914 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career.
Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
These two books from the 1970s appear in a uniform paper-over-board edition. Galdone was a refreshingly modest illustrator: his retellings are straightforward and his unassumingly loose-lined, color-separated pictures provide just enough embellishment. Plenty of white space gives the stories all the room they need. [Review covers these Folk Tale Classic titles: The Gingerbread Boy and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.]

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SL Reviews 2002 January)
PreS-Gr 2-This is a pleasant retelling of the classic tale by Paul Galdone (Clarion, 1975), in which the Gingerbread Boy manages to elude the clutches of everyone he meets until he happens upon a clever fox. Peter Kovner provides an engaging narration. The actual story narration is preceded by a verbal description of the first page, helping pre-readers know where to begin. The voices for the various animals and characters are silly and expressive. The story is accompanied by fluid background music that supplements the telling nicely. Sound effects are utilized throughout the story. For example, chase scenes are accompanied by the sound of running feet. Side one of the tape includes page-turn signals that sound like a flute trilling. At times the signal sounds similar to the background music. On side two, the story is told uninterrupted. This book and tape set will be a useful addition for public and school libraries.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, King County Library System, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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