Jan Brett has taken a "cute"
classic and given it her own special touch! There are two stories
happening at once. The main story on the page and the clues about
future pages in the border. Making gingerbread has never been so
The story begins with a boy named Matti
(he's Swiss) and his mother mixing up a recipe for fun (really it's
gingerbread). Matti is a typically impatient child and opens the oven
too soon. Out jumps a gingerbread baby! He is adorable .
This spunky little gingerbread baby outwits and outruns a variety of
one cat, one dog, several goats, two sisters,
one pig and a crowd of hungry villagers later, he is
still running and singing his song: " I am the Gingerbread
Baby, fresh from the pan. If you want me, catch me if you
Meanwhile, Matti has plans of his own.
He bakes again, being careful to wait the full amount of time. The
Gingerbread Baby does meet a fox in this tale, but not with the expected
results. He spies what Matti has been preparing during his
adventures. By the time everyone catches up to him - the Baby is
gone! And only Matti knows where he went. And he's not telling!
This is a great gingerbread tale. It
is longer than usual, but I believe it is so enthralling, that even 3-5
year olds will sit for the fun of it! Jan Brett's paintings
of the Swiss countryside and the creations along the page borders are
intricately detailed . Children (and the adults who read to
them) will find something fresh and interesting each time
they open this book!