The 10th Day of Christmas Book Review

Gingerbread Baby
by Jan Brett

This book isn't necessarily a "Christmas" book. I would probably categorize it as a fun winter book. It kind of gets you in the holiday mood though, or at least wanting to bake something with your kids in a warm, cozy kitchen.

Do you remember the story of the gingerbread man? He chants, "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man." I don't know when I first heard this story, but I remember imagining the little cookie running and running, hoping that he would escape. ( I guess that he does get eaten by the fox in the end, but I think that as a child I must have blocked out this gruesome detail from my memory. I thought it had a happy ending!) In this rendition of the classic tale, the gingerbread baby is cunning and sly and outwits everyone, except a young boy who finds the perfect way to capture him.

It is a fun story, but the real reason for recommending this book is the art work. Once you pick up this book to read you'll see what I'm talking about. Jan Brett is a true artist. I love all of her illustrations. They are so detailed that you can spend several minutes on each page just looking at all of the pictures.

She has many other books that you might like to "look" at:

The Hat
The Mitten
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Hedgie's Surprise
Who's that Knocking on Christmas Eve?
The Wild Christmas Reindeer

My Rating

Overall: 4 stars. The story was fun but not great, but the illustrations made up for this.

Objectionable Content: none


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