THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY by Janet Squires, illustrated by Holly Berry (HarperCollins)
Once upon a time in the Wild Wild West, a rancher's wife grew weary of fixing biscuits and got a mind to making not just any old cookie, but a gingerbread cowboy, who was just so excited to be made that he jumped out of the oven and down the road, just like his famous cousin the gingerbread boy. Being from the Lone Star state, he yells "giddyup, giddyup, as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man." He gets away from a roadrunner, a herd of long-horned cattle, a lizard, manuevers around seas of saguros...but can he escape the clever coyote, shown on the very last page in the kichen, learning the recipe from the rancher and his wife? I loved the illustrator's vibrant rendering of Sabina Rascol's THE IMPUDENT ROOSTER( Dutton), and she hasn't lost her touch here; beautiful hues of browns, golds and blues are the icing on the cake (or the cookie, as the case may be). This folktale parody is as delicious as any dessert, and just as tasty on the read-aloud tongue. (5 and up)
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MANANA IGUANA by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by Ethan Long (Holiday House)
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