The Gingerbread Man #monkeybookreview


We are going for a an old classic on the blog this week for #monkeybookreview.  This week we are reviewing The Gingerbread Man

The book we have was purchased as part of the ‘first readers‘ range through Marks and Spencer.  However, there are various different distributors that publish this book. In fact, a quick Amazon check comes up with 4,459 results!


I am assuming that the majority of readers have read this book, or at least know the story.  However, for those that don’t know, the book follows the tale of the Gingerbread man.

It starts as an old lady makes a gingerbread man for her tea.

As the book states, she gets a big surprise when the gingerbread man jumps out of the oven and runs off down the road.  A big surprise is probably underestimating her The Gingerbread Man book coverresponse, but perhaps I am over thinking it.

The book follows his adventures as he runs away from a little old woman, a little old man, a pig, a cow AND a horse!  Gosh I am tired just thinking about it.

Then he stumbles across a ‘friendly’ fox, who offers to help the gingerbread man cross a river and escape.

It might not surprise you to learn that this decision doesn’t end well for the gingerbread man.

Twin Thoughts

D: “I like this book, in particular I like when the gingerbread man jumps on the fox back.” “I don’t like when he gets eaten, that is sad”

L:” I like when the lady is baking gingerbread man.  I like baking, especially cakes and pancakes and cookies and…..”

When prompted to get back to the book and stop dreaming about what food he likes to bake, L said:  “I like it when the gingerbread man is getting chased around and around by the pig and the horse, that is funny.”

***bursts into crazy laughter***

My Thoughts

Firstly I have struggled to get over reading this book without imagining the Gingerbread Man speaking in a silly voice… damn you Shrek!

Now I felt quite nostalgic when I read this book initially, I remember reading it when I was small.  I still liked it but I was hugely surprised by the ending.  The fox eating the gingerbread man at the end, was something I don’t remember at all. I was unsure what I thought about that at first.  But, I guess it is a good thing not to have a happy ending? It makes a change from the usual sickly sweet endings we read in these days.




Overall, I liked the book, it is a good length for four-year-olds.  The illustrations were bright and fun to look at.  This book is a big hit with the monkey’s, they made Grandma read it four times at bedtime last night!





  1. August 23, 2016 / 9:43 am

    What?! He gets eaten?! I have no recollection of that happening either…mind you, as you say, it can’t all be roses and sunshine I suppose.
    Lovely review and not one I have read to Ben yet, maybe I will this week.xx
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    • Double the Monkey Business
      September 6, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Lol it was a bit of a shock! x

  2. August 23, 2016 / 9:56 am

    Yeah, he sure does get eaten in my version! Wondering if they toned it down a bit with generations that followed mine! haha

    • Double the Monkey Business
      September 6, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Ha ha maybe xx

  3. August 23, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Not my gumdrop buttons!! Great review Yvonne, I really love this book, I think JJ would too, I would never have thought of going to M&S for books!!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      September 6, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      They have some nice classics if you can find them, nice to read some books I had when I was little x

  4. August 24, 2016 / 10:02 pm

    It’s been so long since I read this book. I enjoyed the review since it’s been so long I didn’t remember much until reading your review, I remember the gingerbread man got ate but that was about it.
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    • Double the Monkey Business
      September 6, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      I dont remember that at all, I think my mum might have changed the ending when she read it to me ha ha x

  5. August 26, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I love the shrek comment!

  6. August 30, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    First off, laughing out loud, because I think the gingerbread should have a Shrek character voice too. Cracking me up. I remember reading this book to the kids and I don’t think I ever remember that fox ate the cookie part from when I waa young. But the kids liked the book, as long as we made it fun with lots of voices, and of course we did. This is one of those stories that the kids will want to hear over and over again.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      September 6, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Oh yes lots of voices is mandatory! I sometimes forget what voices I have chosen though and get confused lol! x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      September 6, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      lol yes shame he gets scoffed, although you cant blame the fox really, I may have done the same xx

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