by Kate Louise (Author), Grace Sandford (Illustrator)
When this gingerbread man was baked, someone forgot to put in the ginger. He’s made of eggs and cinnamon and flour and butter and sugar, but he’s missing a key ingredient! Without ginger, the gingerbread man feels like he’s not really a gingerbread man at all! He can’t be sold in the bakery, so he lives at the back of the store. And there he causes all kinds of trouble.
This gingerbread man eats the baker’s decorating candy. He throws sprinkles across the counter and squirts frosting on the walls. It’s not long before the baker has had enough of the gingerbread man’s mischief and orders him to leave. The gingerbread man realizes he’ll have to change his ways, and the baker decides to help. He teaches the gingerbread man that his ingredients don’t make him who he is—it’s his character that defines him. So the gingerbread man begins to help the baker decorate the other gingerbread men and women. He helps prepare them and makes sure they find their way on their journey from the oven to the bakery shelf. And he always makes sure to add the ginger.
This is a story about being kind and finding happiness through helping others. Sandford’s cute illustrations accompany Louise’s sweet story, and children won’t be able to resist its delightful charm.
About the Author
Kate Louise is a YA and children’s book author. She recently graduated from university with a first-class BA (honors) degree in fine art painting. She is the author of the picture books The Upside-Down Fish and Pierre the French Bulldog Recycles. She lives with her family, her partner, and a cocker spaniel named Freddie in Cheshire, England.
About the Illustrator
Grace Sandford is an illustrator and designer whose clients include Palmer Hargreaves, Stew magazine, Green Android Ltd., and Paper and Apparel. She currently resides in Norwich, England.
Tough Cookie by Kate Louise is an awesome book! I love that it teaches kids that they need to have good character and that how they treat others is what really makes them who they are. My kids love the tough little Gingerbread Man and think all his mischief causing is pretty funny. We especially love the ending of this book and that the Gingerbread Man finally finds his purpose and becomes happy with who he is, even if he is missing his ginger. The illustrations are adorable and the writing is so creative. What a fun book for the holidays!
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