Ginger Bear

Mini Gray is quite possibly an acquired taste: her books, such as The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, are not quite so morbid as Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies, but she’s not all sweetest and light. Gray’s stories avoid saccharine even when treating the tale of a sugar cookie in Ginger Bear. School Library Journal: “When Horace makes a cookie in the shape of a bear, he can’t wait to eat it, but then it is dinner time, then he has brushed his teeth, and there is nothing to do but put his gingerbread bear in a tin for safekeeping on his pillow. When Ginger Bear wakes up, there is no one to play with so he decides to bake himself some friends. He makes enough fabulously iced and decorated cookie bears to have a circus, one so thrilling that no one notices the approach of Bongo the dog. While the cookie carnage that follows might rattle a few tender souls, others will beg for a rereading of the crumbled cookie spread, and all will be satisfied by Ginger Bear’s clever and considerably safer new career in a bake-shop display window. Wonderful art that matches the text in its ability to be comfortingly familiar and perverse at the same time pleases with a great many witty details . . . The nearly psychedelic illustration of Ginger Bear squeezing pink icing over rapturous cookies as the backdrop shimmers with sprinkles is a treat in itself. This is a tasty choice for fans of Traction Man Is Here! as well as anyone who’s enjoyed the various retellings of ‘The Gingerbread Boy.'” (In other words, it isn’t too dark either.) Giggle factor: varies. Adult enjoyment: if you like satire. Illustrations: four jelly jars.

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~ by kaychubbuck on June 22, 2011.

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