By: Stephanie Shaw
Illustrated by: Bruno Robert
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Publication Date: June 2014
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: September 30, 2014
It was Christmas Eve and a Gingerbread Boy was all alone on a plate full of sugar cookies. The glass of milk was there too, just waiting for Santa to arrive that night. The children had baked those cookies because “They knew that St. Nick, / With his overstuffed pack, / Would be sorely in need / Of a fine midnight snack.” The tree was all set with sparkling decorations, that snack was set out, and there was even a bit of holly here and there. Only one problem…what would the little Gingerbread Boy do when Santa nibbled him up as he chugged down that glass of milk? Oh, my! He put his little gingerbread hands alongside his cheeks and put on his thinking cap.
Before the Gingerbread Boy could get too riled up, two pups came bursting into the room and tugged at the tablecloth. Oops! There went the milk and he almost went with it. Rascal and Rowdy were making a mess and the Gingerbread Boy had to become a “Doggie Distraction.” The tree decorations had already hit the floor and that blue vase was really no more. The pups settled down, but soon hid out of sight when Santa and his reindeer landed on the roof. “Would Santa Claus start / With his legs or his head? / Would he nibble his arms / Or his buttons instead?” The room was a mess, but was there going to be even more trouble for the little Gingerbread Boy when Santa wanted his snack?
This is a fun, rambunctious story of the little Gingerbread Boy and his Christmas Eve misadventure. This story in rhyme was certainly a lively one as the little Gingerbread Boy awaited his fate. Of course it’s a slightly different Christmas Eve tale as we seldom hear about the holiday from a cookie’s point of view. The rhyming scheme was rollicking and those puppies will charm little children as they race around demolishing the room. The artwork is very captivating and delectably sweet. This is yet another book that will be a perfect addition to everyone’s Christmas book collection.
Quill says: If you want a charming new Christmas Eve tale that's sweet and has loads of action, A Cookie for Santa will be just the one!