The Gingerbread Man Loose at the Zoo

illus. by Mike Lowery. 32p. Putnam. Aug. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399168673.
PreS-Gr 2—The Gingerbread Man is loose once more, this time accompanying his class to the zoo. Following the established formula of upbeat rhyming text and cartoon panel illustrations, the plot involves a lost kangaroo joey that is saved by the Gingerbread Man, but the real joy of the book is following the cookie as he meets different animals. Young readers will pick up on the rhythm of the text quickly and are sure to start clapping and dancing along to the beat, which makes it a great read-aloud choice. The text also includes riddles about different animals, which are well placed in relation to page turns, so that readers have a chance to solve the riddles before the answers are revealed. The animals are illustrated in bright colors and with friendly faces that match the active tone. Fans of graphic novels will appreciate the panel illustration format, text boxes, and speech bubbles.
VERDICT Recommended for general purchase, especially for libraries with active storytime or read-aloud programs.

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