cover image The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo

The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo

Laura Murray, illus. by Mike Lowery. Putnam, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-16867-3

In his fourth picture book, Murray’s Gingerbread Man accompanies his human classmates to the zoo, where they decode clues to identify various animals. Unfortunately, some creatures find the fast-moving cookie to be a tempting treat, including a giraffe with an equally quick tongue: “My classmates were busily reading clue two./ Oh, no, I cried out. She’s beginning to chew!” After a few narrow escapes, the Gingerbread Man comes out on top by reuniting a lost kangaroo joey with its mother. Zingy rhymes and cartooning make this a high-stakes, high-energy readaloud. Ages 5–8. [em]Author’s agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt Zacker Literary. Illustrator’s agency: Lilla Rogers Studio. (Aug.) [/em]