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 response, 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.
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***
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!