The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck

The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck Book CoverLaura Murray does a fantastic job with reinventing “The Gingerbread Man” tale in her picture book The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truckillustrated by Mike Lowery.

The gingerbread man is joining a class on a field trip to the firehouse. Upon arrival the gingerbread man falls out of the safety of the backpack and right on the snout of the firehouse dalmatian. The gingerbread man will have to run as fast as he can to keep from becoming a tasty treat for this pup.

What makes this picture book stand out from other re-tellings of The Gingerbread Man tale is its educational aspect. Readers get to see all aspects of the firehouse as the gingerbread man hides in the firetruck cab, shimmies up the fire pole, and bounces over the beds where the firemen sleep. The gingerbread man gets an extra adventure when he winds up going along with the firefighters as they are called to put out a barn fire.

Mike Lowery’s illustrations are comic-panel style with clean lines and simple details. Murray’s text is a joy. Familiar Gingerbread Man rhymes that have been updated to suit the purpose of the book: “I’ll ride to the rescue as fast as I can. I want to help, too! I’m the Gingerbread Man!”

Great for any fire truck lover or those who enjoy classic/modernized folktales. As an added bonus, the book comes with a fire safety poster.

The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Firetruck by Laura Murray, illustrated by Mike Lowery; Ages 3-6; G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin)


Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus

9780062198716_p0_v2_s260x420That rocking, blue, shoe-wearing kitty has something new to sing about in his latest book, Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus. Rock along with Pete as the doors open and shut; the wipers go swish, swish, swish; and the kitties on the bus say “Pete the Cat” all day long. Be sure to read to the end for the particularly Pete payoff with the lyrics.

Though this book does not come with a downloadable song (because who doesn’t know “Wheels on the Bus”?), you can find a Pete-fied version of it on YouTube. 

Pete the Cat: Wheels on the Bus; by James Dean; Harper Collins; Ages 3-6; $9.99