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The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,812 ratings  ·  261 reviews
When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He'll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!

With help from the gym teacher, the nurse, the art teacher and even the principal, the Gingerbread Man
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Really cute, love a great rhyming book.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Each year the kindergarten teachers at my school start the year off with a gingerbread man unit, where the students decorate their own gingerbread man (paper). When I first saw this book, I thought it would be perfect to share when the students came to the library for the first time. The kindergarten teachers give me a gingerbread man that they have decorated with each class, and we pretend that it 'ran' away, (it's really fun to pretend not to know where it came from, I hide it in the book). We ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very cute twist on the traditional Gingerbread man story. A classroom bakes a gingerbread man and leaves him to cool while they go off to recess. Except he thinks he was purposely left behind he and wanders around the school to find his class. I like the fact that he visits the gym, the nurses' office, the art teacher, and the principal; but there are so many other places he does not visit (hmm, the library, for instance) that I feel could have been visited. That being said, I still enjoyed the ...more
Green Bean
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"I began in a bowl. I was not yet myself--just a list of ingredients pulled from a shelf, chosen by children who measured and mixed my smooth, spicy batter while sneaking quick licks..." When the cooking class kids run off to recess, this smart cookie rollicks after them, rhyming all the way! En route he meets the school nurse, who band aids his gingerbread toe back on, the art teacher who almost has him for lunch, and Principle Peacock who helps reunite him with his culinary classmates! In the ...more
Leanna DIY
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So in a school they made a gingerbread man. But lost them one day. But teachers and the principal helped him find his way.

Mary Ann
short review: With its bouncy rhythm and rhyme, this is a terrific book to share as kids are getting used to a new school. A freshly-baked gingerbread man runs through an elementary school trying to find his class, discovering the gym, the art room, the principal’s office on the way. A favorite read-aloud!

long review: Children love listening to the wild chase in the classic folktale The Gingerbread Man, and many teachers read this folktale and its variations to preschool and kindergarten classes
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School would be considered a beginners graphic novel. I have found that this book is a fun read and kids love it. It is the story of a gingerbread man who gets lost in a school while trying to find the children who made him. He has many adventures, one being he rounded a corner and became stuck to the side of a volleyball. Is the gingerbread man able to run as fast as he can to find the children who left him behind?

Text to Self – This book reminded me of how I fe
Megan Moriarty
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book about a class of children that make a gingerbread man. After the children take the gingerbread man out of the oven, they go outside for recess. But, the gingerbread man wants to go with them. So, he gets up off of the pan and goes around the school looking for the children. He runs into many obstacles and teachers that try to help him along the way. Finally, he reaches the principal and she shows the gingerbread man all of the "Missing Gingerbread Man" signs that the chi ...more
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story about a gingerbread man who gets left behind and then searches all over the school (with some bumps along the way) for his class. The rhyming narrative is entertaining, but I must admit that I don't love the illustrations. The story is presented in a graphic novel-style format, with lots of cartoonish frames. Our borrowed copy didn't have a poster mentioned by other reviewers - there was a pocket for it, but it was missing.

The story reminded us of our youngest's daughter's k
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
To start off the year a gingerbread man goes missing and the kindergartners at my school go looking all over the school for him. Along the way, they get to see all the different areas of the school (the gym, the office, the library) and meet the folks (like me the librarian) associated with those areas. They come into the library with a sign they made of what he looks like, and ask if I have seen him. I get to introduce myself and say "he was here running in and out of all the shelves, but then ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Review: I thought this book was so sweet and short not so long for kids in between 4 or 5 years old. I knew my nephew would love it because he like seeing all the outcomes they gingerbread had to go through and also at the end we baked and gingerbread cookie.

Utilize: I would have this book as ongoing assessment through the year. Meaning this is perfect for new students coming to the classroom because they feel so scared and and left out. That reading this book would let them knew we do not want
My 6-year-old loved this fun, rhyming story.

Excerpt from the book:
"I began in a bowl. I was not yet myself--
just a list of ingredients pulled from a shelf,
chosen by children who measured and mixed
my smooth, spicy batter while sneaking quick licks . . .
A sprinkle of ginger, some cinnamon too,
molasses, soft butter, and eggs as my glue.
Then in their classroom, the children began
to roll me and mold me to look like a man.
They added some sweets to make me complete
and I baked on a pan in the warm oven
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel the this book can be used to teach children about school? In the begin the children learn to bake and create a gingerbread man. This little ginger man goes on an adventure looking for his school friends. He goes to the gym, the nurses office, the cafeteria, and the principals office. This book can teach children where to go for specific needs for help in the school.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
We really liked the rhyming in this book, and the "flip" of having the Gingerbred Man do the chasing for a change. We also liked that he didn't seem to be in danger of being consumed at all. The illustrations were interesting...seemed like one of the kids could've done them. (Maybe that was the point.) We liked it a lot. ...more
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kindergarten students will have fun with this one. What better way to get to know your school and introduce lessons of citizenship than reading this book aloud at the beginning of the school year.
A fun twist on The Gingerbread Man. It's a great back-to-school picture book. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun twist on a familiar story.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I tagged this as a graphic novel because the panels of illustrations in this picture book make it a great ladder into graphic novels for kids.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, picture-book
Cute and funny - kind of comic-strip style illustrations. Would be a great classroom read-a-loud!
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Cute rhyming text and predictable storyline.
Benji Martin
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
A really good back-to-school read aloud. It might be a little long for K3 and K4, but the K5ers responded to it well.
Keila Dawson
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Very clever twist to an old tale.
Nancy Kotkin
A unique take on the gingerbread man story that actually improves the classic tale. Fun rhyming text makes good use of refrains.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, z_14
Won the Monarch.

Liza Nahas
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
A happier, friendlier version than most of the "gingerbread man" tales we've read. ...more
Darlene Pasquale
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
1. awards -2015 Publisher’s Weekly Picture Book Bestseller, 2013-14 Winner of Virginia Reader’s Choice Award, 2013-14 Winner of the Illinois Monarch Award
2. appropriate grade levels - kindergarten-2nd grade
3. Summary - This story is a fun, brand new spin on the classic story of The Gingerbread Man. A classroom of students bake a gingerbread cookie and set him out to cool while they go out for recess to play. The ginger bread man comes alive and sets out on a journey all around the school to fin
Meg McGregor
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of a series of preschool books featuring the lovable Gingerbread Man.

The story is told in poetic verse; this explains how the Gingerbread Man came into being, and relates all the twists and turns in his first adventure!

I really like how detailed he is in describing his origins! I imagine a lot of the children reading the story want to make their own Gingerbread Men and Ladies!

"I began in a bowl. I was not yet myself - just a list of ingredients pulled from a shelf. Chosen by children
Edward Sojuwa
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A new taste on the world's favorite fairy tale cookie. The Gingerbread Man was created one day in elementary school cooking class. They have remade him. They have the culinary technology. But apparently they've left our gingery hero all alone. So now it's up to the GBM to track them down, thru the school halls, from PE where the coach finds him stuck to the dodgeball, to the nurse's office where he gets his toe fixed (he was caught in a Toe-Away Zone, ha ha!), from the art room where he almost b ...more
Allie Hoffman
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed212-reviews
This is such a cute story! The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School is about a gingerbread who was made in a classroom and then lost the students in the class. He runs all over school looking for the boys and girls and on his adventure, he discovers all of these rooms in the school. I found this story to be a cute read for early elementary students. The author does an excellent job with adding rhyming to the story making it entertaining and fun to read. This would be a helpful book for a sequenci ...more
Meghan Hardy
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-smith-s-rdng
The kids make a gingerbread man and then leave him to cool in the classroom. The gingerbread man doesn't know why they left him so he goes on a hunt all throughout the school trying to find them. He meets many new people along the way, and hopefully, they will help him find his class soon.

I love the drawings in this story I think they are simple, but perfect for the story. I like how there are maps of the school throughout the story, I think it is neat. I love how fun and confident the gingerbre
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Laura Murray was a teacher before becoming an author, is a popular speaker at schools, and has had to deal with many an escaped Gingerbread Man in her day. She is the author of THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL, and the Gingerbread Man’s continuing school adventures - THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE ON THE FIRE TRUCK, THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE AT CHRISTMAS, and THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE AT THE ZOO ...more

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