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"No mon ami! You can't catch me!" So brags the runaway in THE KING CAKE BABY, a New Orleans adaptation of "The Gingerbread Man". The trickster is the little plastic baby hidden inside a traditional Mardi Gras king cake. From his French Quarter neighborhood, he escapes the kitchen of an old Creole woman, runs from a praline lady in Jackson Square, and a waiter at Café du Mo ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 23rd 2015 by Pelican
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Jennifer Morris
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Keila Dawson creates a delightfully funny retelling of a classic story that introduces children to the unique culture of the people of New Orleans. The colorful illustrations whimsically depict scenes and characters one would encounter in the French Quarter. I particularly enjoyed the cultural expressions (“getting” the baby, as opposed to catching the baby; cher, mon ami, etc.) which is so familiar to me, being that my family is from New Orleans. I think it’s a great story for teachers to use t ...more
Pamela
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, young readers
This story is such a fun, fun read. Through rhythmic pacing, repetitive phrases, and colorful characters, this laugh out loud adventure gives young readers a New Orleans French twist to the all time favorite, The Gingerbread Man. The author invites us into the New Orleans culture. Did I mention how fun this book is? The characters are funny, engaging, and there's even a King Cake recipe in the book. After this story, my class wanted to know all about Louisiana. Where is it located on the map? Do ...more
Juliana Lee
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Follow the antics of the King Cake Baby as he tries to escape his fate on the streets of New Orleans in this lively tale of delicious merriment. Join his refrain as he taunts the citizens of the French Quarter. And, revel in his ultimate capture by a clever baker.

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Linda
Keila V. Dawson gives us readers a New Orleans version of a Gingerbread Man runaway, and you can be sure to read this book and laugh now, but save it for King's Day and Mardi Gras next year, too! With French words sprinkled throughout his taunting, that King Cake Baby thinks he's made for freedom. He escapes from an old Creole woman and an old Creole man (sound familiar?), runs out into the world also to escape a praline lady in Jackson Square and a waiter at Café du Monde. He's moving fast to ...more
Patricia Tilton
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Keila Dawson has created an entertaining retelling of a favorite tale that introduces children to the unique New Orleans culture and its annual Mardi Gras celebration. With lively Creole characters, skillful rhythm and pacing, fun dialect and repetitive language, children will all be chanting “No, ma Cherie! You can’t catch me, I’m the King Cake Baby!” It’s a fun rhyme or song that builds suspense throughout the book. Dawson adds her own special twist to her king cake baby tale. The illustration ...more
Vivian Kirkfield
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Parents and teachers to read with young kids
The Gingerbread Man you say? In New Orleans? Then it must be the King Cake Baby...and you'll never catch him!

What a wonderful retelling of an old classic - giving it a New Orleans setting was pure genius. Kids will love the rhythmic refrain and the fabulous illustrations, I know I did. I highly recommend The King Cake Baby - it's diversity is a breath of free air.
Jolene Gutiérrez
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story of the Gingerbread Man when I was little. It involved food. It involved sassiness. Did I say it involved food? But I was always troubled by the demise of the Gingerbread Man. In The King Cake Baby, Keila V. Dawson has taken everything wonderful and charming about the Gingerbread Man and ramped it up. Our setting is now New Orleans, and the King Cake Baby is still wonderfully sassy, but speaks a little French as he runs away. I don't want to give away the ending, but let me just ...more
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Before becoming a children’s book author, Keila V. Dawson was a community organizer, special education teacher, school administrator, educational consultant and advocate.

She has lived and worked in the U.S., the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt.
Keila has two forthcoming nonfiction picture books. She is a co-editor, along with Lindsay H. Metcalf and Jeanette Bradley, of NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen
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