Storytime: Gingerbread Men and Other Runaways

The gingerbread man has inspired quite the slew of imitators. here are some of my favorites…

The Cajun Cornbread Boy: A Well-Loved Tale Spiced Up by Dianne de Las Casas & illustrated by Marita Gentry

The Cajun Cornbread Boy: A Well-Loved Tale Spiced Up by Dianne de Las Casas & illustrated by Marita Gentry

The Cajun Cornbread Boy: A Well-Loved Tale Spiced Up by Dianne de Las Casas & illustrated by Marita Gentry

Down by the bajou, an old cajun woman wanted a child more than anything, so she decided to make a cornbread boy.

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst

The lonely old woman and the lonely old man decide to bake a girl this time, but when they open the oven, she runs off like her brother did. Never fear, this smart cookie has a plan to outfox the fox. Will it work? Let’s just say that the ending is sweet for everyone.

Can't Catch Me by John Hasset & Ann Hasset

Can't Catch Me by John Hasset & Ann Hasset

Can’t Catch Me by John Hasset & Ann Hasset

In this frosty spoof of the tale of the gingerbread boy, a mother makes her thirsty boy an ice cube for his lemonade. The ice cube escapes from the freezer and runs out the kitchen door. He has big plans-he wants to grow as big as an iceberg so he can bump into boats. “Can’t catch me-I’m off to the sea,” the ice cube says to the boy, an ant, a mouse, a cat, a goose, a man, and a dog as he leads his pursuers on a merry chase to the sea. In the end, the ice cube finds that just desserts are not always sweet, and a thirsty boy discovers that mothers really do know best.

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires & illustrated by Holly Berry

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires & illustrated by Holly Berry

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires & illustrated by Holly Berry

“Giddyup, giddyup as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man!” The Gingerbread Cowboy can run from the rancher, he can dash past the javelinas, and he can giddyup right by the cattle grazing on the mesa. But what happens when he meets a coyote sleeping in the sun?

 

The Matzo Ball Boy by Lisa Shulman & illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger

The Matzo Ball Boy by Lisa Shulman & illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger

The Matzo Ball Boy by Lisa Shulman & illustrated by Rosanne Litzinger

The familiar tale of the gingerbread man is updated with a twist as savory as a brimming bowl of the bubbe’s chicken soup.

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby in a delicious twist to a favorite old 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.

The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman & illustrated by Paul Yalowitz

The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman & illustrated by Paul Yalowitz

The Runaway Latkes by Leslie Kimmelman & illustrated by Paul Yalowitz

As Rebecca Bloom prepares for a Hanukkah party at the synagogue, three latkes jump right out of her frying pan. They head straight for the door, singing, “Big and round, crisp and brown, off we roll to see the town! And You can”t catch us!” And so begins the chase. The sassy latkes roll out of the synagogue and through the town with Rebecca and a growing crowd in hot pursuit. Their travels come to an end at Applesauce River, where, by a modern-day Hanukkah miracle, the water actually turns into applesauce — the perfect bath for three crispy latkes!

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