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Gingerbread Baby - by Jan Brett

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About this item


  • Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby is not about to get eaten in this delicious twist on a favorite Christmastime tale!
  • Bookseller's Choice (Picture Book) 2000 1st Winner, Buckaroo Book Award 2001 4th Winner
  • 4-8 Years
  • 9.31" x 11.34" Hardcover
  • 32 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, Action & Adventure


About the Book

A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes from their oven and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale about a not-so-clever gingerbread man. Full-color illustrations. Cover Title.

Book Synopsis

Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby is not about to get eaten in this delicious twist on a favorite Christmastime tale!

It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Bay. He leads Matti's mother and father, the dog and the cat, and a whole colorful cast of characters on a rollicking chase through the village and into the forest, staying just out of reach, daring them to catch him along the way.

But Matti's not with them. He's at home in the borders making what turns out to be a gingerbread house into which the Gingerbread Baby runs. Only Matti knows he is safely inside. And readers will too when they look under the lift-the-flap gingerbread house at the end of the story, and there he is!

About the Author

With over thirty four million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

Dimensions (Overall): 9.31 Inches (H) x 11.34 Inches (W) x .42 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.02 Pounds
Suggested Age: 4-8 Years
Number of Pages: 32
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Action & Adventure
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Theme: General
Format: Hardcover
Author: Jan Brett
Language: English
Street Date: October 4, 1999
TCIN: 11822398
UPC: 9780399234446
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-2917
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Shipping details

Estimated ship dimensions: 0.42 inches length x 11.34 inches width x 9.31 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 1.02 pounds
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4.6 out of 5 stars with 15 reviews
83% would recommend
6 recommendations

So small!!

1 out of 5 stars
Thumbs down graphic, would not recommend
victoria88 - 7 months ago, Verified purchaser
This book is SO SMALL! Smaller than the palm of my hand! Thought it was normal sized for almost $10! Returning.
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Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Target shopper - 1 year ago, Verified purchaser
The graphics are beautiful and the story is engaging.
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
my son loves it - 4 years ago
wish it was a hardcover but other then that it's great
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Gingko - 4 years ago
This book is excellent. It’s a surprising, creative version of the story with gorgeous illustrations. My children (3 and 6) love it. We compare and contrast with the traditional gingerbread story. I can’t recommend this book enough. Would make an excellent holiday gift.
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5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Melp - 5 years ago
Loveeeee this book! Jan Brett is amazing! I had this book when I was a little girl and I loved it so much! I purchased for my niece and she loves it too!
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So cute!

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Terry - 5 years ago, Verified purchaser
A perfect timeless story!! So cute!! My kindergarteners love it so much that I use it every year in my classroom and I’ve given it to my grandchildren when they are 4 or 5 years old. Jan Brett is wonderful!
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Baby Book

3 out of 5 stars
elpandejengibre - 7 years ago
My students loved this version of the traditional story, but I did not realize that I was getting a palm-sized book.
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