The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers

Lisa Campbell Ernst. Dutton, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-525-42259-4
When Gingerbread Girl, who matched wits with a fox in The Gingerbread Girl, opens a box of animal crackers, the animals take off running, and each cracker recites a variation on a snappy, self-referential refrain: “I’ll whoop and I’ll shout,/ Make a hullabaloo./ You can’t catch me,/ I’m the cracker kangaroo!” Along the way, a cat and mouse, a herd of sheep, and a scout troop (among others) join Gingerbread Girl as she gives chase, trying to keep the crackers safe from that wily fox. Ernst’s pastel palette is well-suited to this lively story of “Animal Crackers gone wild,” which, with words like “menagerie” and “brouhaha,” scattered throughout, offers a bit of a vocabulary lesson, too. Ages 3–5. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/03/2011
Release date: 10/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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