Catch That Cookie!
Catch That Cookie!
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Annotation: Marshall refuses to believe that gingerbread men can run, even after a series of clues leads his class on a riddle-filled gingerbread cookie hunt.
Catalog Number: #104992
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Small, David,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-525-42835-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-525-42835-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013042651
Dimensions: 23 x 29 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Marshall, the skeptic of his elementary school classroom, isn-t buying any malarkey about gingerbread men. -They can-t run for real,- he announces. -No way.- But when his teacher, Mrs. Gray, goes to retrieve the cookies the class has made, the oven is empty. The gingerbread people have escaped, apparently, and they-ve left clues in verse: -We ran from the oven, we were bored and hot,/ Now we-re hiding in a big, black ___.- The class quickly enters the spirit of the hunt, but it-s Marshall the doubter whose detective work leads the class to the -G-men.- Durand (Mitchell Goes Bowling), a pseudonym for agent
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 Children in day care and elementary classes will see themselves in Small's sensitive and hilarious watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil renderings of Durand's December drama. Following a weeklong spate of gingerbread stories, Marshall, a "ginger" himself, is skeptical: "'They can't run for real,' he told everybody." Neither affirming nor contradicting him, the teacher simply shepherds her flock to the kitchen, where they can draw their own conclusions. Despite a few colloquialisms that may sound less hip in years to come ("You rocked that dough"), the upbeat narrative moves quickly and offers audience participation. When the dumbfounded teacher unlocks the oven, the only hint of baking is a nearby note displaying the first of four rhymed verses that present clues for children to complete before searching for the next hint. Marshall is loaded with freckles and personality. His face undergoes myriad transformations as he studies the mounting evidence: the fallen raisin, the bad handwriting on the notes, the hundreds of tiny, brown footprints in the gym. When he solves the puzzle and recovers his cookie, his expression of wonderment is priceless. Small employs muted, monochromatic backgrounds to spotlight the jaunty patterns and colors worn by the main characters and multicultural cast. He interprets this race to outsmart a sly opponent with lively lines, flexible figures, humor, and deep respect for his protagonist. Add this to your small shelf of truly special seasonal explorations of belief, but don't wait for a holiday to share it! Wendy Lukehart, District of Columbia Public Library
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Young Marshall's class has been hearing about runaway gingerbread men for a solid week, but the skeptical tousle-head doesn't believe a word of it! "They can't run for real," he declares to his classmates. "No way." He gets a chance to test his theory when his class makes a batch of gingerbread men. When the baking timer goes off, Marshall leads a parade of his classmates into the kitchen, opens the oven door, and discovers, to his shock and amazement, that the gingerbread men are all gone. Horrors! Is it possible that they could have run away? Marshall doesn't buy it, but then a clue to their possible whereabouts is discovered, and that leads to another clue and another, until Marshall announces that he knows where the fugitive cookies are. But does he? Durand has written a delightfully ingenious story with an altogether appealing protagonist in Marshall. The icing on the cake , gingerbread Small's wonderful pictures, created in pen-and-ink and watercolor, which fill single- and double-page spreads. A wonderful draftsman, Small uses a fluid line that adds energy to an already lively story and further invests it with wit and whimsy. All of these ingredients combine to make a truly tasty tale.
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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (8/1/14)
Kirkus Reviews (8/1/14)
Publishers Weekly (8/1/14)
School Library Journal (8/1/14)
Word Count: 731
Reading Level: 2.8
Interest Level: P-K
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 172817 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: P

Solve the riddles to find the runaway gingerbread men in this funny and magical cookie hunt!

Marshall knows one thing for sure, despite what all the stories say: Gingerbread men cannot run. Cookies are for eating, and he can't wait to eat his after spending all morning baking them with his class. But when it's time to take the gingerbread men out of the oven . . . they're gone! Now, to find those rogue cookies, Marshall and his class have to solve a series of rhyming clues. And Marshall just might have to rethink his stance on magic. Catch That Cookie! is an imaginative mystery, deliciously illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner David Small. It's sure to inspire a new classroom tradition . . . and maybe even a few new believers!

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