Cowboys and cowgirls, you are in for a great time with this hilarious version of “The Gingerbread Boy.” This one has boots, a ten-gallon hat, and a rip-roarin’ attitude.
Instead of running from farm animals, this spunky little guy runs through the desert, away from a roadrunner, a band of javelinas, a herd of long-horned cattle, and some hungry cowboys. Then he meets – ruh-roh – the coyote. The Gingerbread Cowboy is feisty, but he’s not too bright. He lets himself be fooled by the sly coyote, who offers him a ride across the river (oddly, the Gingerbread Cowboy can run, but can’t swim), only to eat up our endearing, yet yummy protagonist. But don’t worry – the last page shows the coyote helping the original bakers make another batch.
Of course, I use the “I’ll run and run as fast as I can, you can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man” song, but here’s my secret ingredient – I add a “Yee-Haw!” at the end of the song. Young children LOVE to say “Yee-Haw!”
My only problem with this book is the couple at the beginning, who are introduced as “the rancher” and “the rancher’s wife.” I don’t like any woman to be identified as “someone’s wife,” so I change this to “a cowboy” and “a cowgirl.” Also, it would be nice to see the cowBOY being the baker, instead of the woman. Why can’t she be the one to saddle the horses?
Aside from that, I absolutely love this charming and funny book and highly recommend it. Yee-Haw!