Picture Book Review: The Gingerbread Cowboy, by Janet Squires and Holly Berry (Illustrator)


“Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man “

Gingerbread Cowboy can run from the rancher, he can dash past the
javelinas, and he can giddyup right by the cattle grazing on the mesa.
But what happens when he meets a coyote sleeping in the sun?

Janet Squires and Holly Berry retell this classic tale with a Wild Western flair, filled with rodeo-romping fun.


A western twist on a classic tale.  I love books that can take an old, beloved story and give a unique interpretation of it.  

The Gingerbread Cowboy is beautifully illustrated in warm, earthy colors that add to the atmosphere of the book.  

Children will laugh at the gingerbread cowboy’s antics and his narrow escapes from almost everyone.  

One of the things that I appreciated the most about this book is that it did not stray from the original concept of the story.  Sure it takes place in the desert, but the gingerbread man still meets his match in the coyote.  I enjoyed the way the author was able to modernize the story without changing the basic plot.

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (August 1, 2006) 
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