The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Campbell Ernst
This second Gingerbread Girl book continues the story of the sister of the Gingerbread Boy who is much more clever than her poor brother. She survived the fox and now has gotten a box of animal cracker pets for her birthday. But before she can warn them about the dangers out in the world, they run off chanting: “We’re wild Animal Crackers, hear our fierce roar. You can’t catch us, we’re off to explore!” Soon enough, the animal crackers have attracted a parade of people and animals chasing after them. Waiting near the river is the fox, who is eager to offer all of the crackers a ride across. Luckily, the Gingerbread Girl is still clever and figures out a way for them to save the day.
Ernst’s story is a rousing success with clever rhymes, fast moving prose, and plenty of action and suspense. The Gingerbread Girl is a sweet heroine who is creative and smart. The update to the story is in keeping with the traditional tale, but fractures it just enough to be modern and fresh.
Ernst’s art has a timeless feel to it. With the gingham backgrounds to the textual pages, there is a country feel to the entire book that works well with its rural setting.
A pleasing update to a traditional tale, this book calls for sharing animal crackers while reading. But don’t save any for the fox! Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Dutton Children’s Books.