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Horace bakes a gingerbread bear one night and can’t wait to eat it. Too late, it’s bedtime, so he saves the cookie next to his pillow. Ginger Bear wakes up, and has no one to play with. He decides to bake up some friends. Soon, the kitchen is overrun with an entire circus of wonderfully decorated cookie bears. The circus is so exciting and loud that none of Ginger Bear’s new friends hear Bongo the dog as he comes to crash the party.

What follows is nothing less than a full-blown cookie massacre. Luckily, Ginger Bear makes a clever escape, and finds a safe place where he’ll never be eaten – a bakery shop window display.

This is a beautifully illustrated picture book for ages 4 to 8. Ginger Bear is a variation of “The Gingerbread Boy”, and has the same fairy-tale quality. The artwork is lavishly detailed and the colors pop right off the page. You may be a bit surprised by the double-page-spread of destruction wreaked by Bongo the dog, but Ginger Bear’s escape and new life more than made up for the crumbled cookie friends. Children will love both the story and the bright artwork.

5 out of 5 stars – Ginger Bear rocks