The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun: Loose at the School

Laura Murray, illus. by Mike Lowery. Putnam, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-101-99694-2
In his fifth outing, Murray’s Gingerbread Man—now fully integrated into the school where he was originally on the loose—goes from being chased to doing the chasing after a rascally leprechaun shows up on the scene on a “mess-making spree.” The Gingerbread Man and the other students follow a trail of clues to find the leprechaun, eventually setting up a Rube Goldberg–style trap that thwarts the creature’s plans to trash the school (“With a glint in his eye, he skipped through the door,/ not noticing glue that was spread on the floor”). Lowery tracks the unfolding action in commotion-filled panels and spreads, and Murray’s punchy rhymes deliver a energetic chase with a St. Patrick’s Day twist. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt & Zacker Literary. Illustrator’s agency: Lilla Rogers Studio. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/13/2017
Release date: 01/09/2018
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