My girls and I were looking forward to reading Illana Barran’s The Survival of the Gingerbread Girl since we had only read tales of a gingerbread male in the past. We quickly huddled together on the couch once our copy arrived in the mail.
The girls at once enjoyed looking at the colorful childlike drawings throughout. The pop of colors, especially the shade of blue, scattered throughout the pages led the eye from one page to the next.
My oldest chose to read the book aloud to my youngest, but initially was having a difficult time finding a rhythm. Since the title’s subtitle is “a Lullaby,” my oldest was hoping for some additional sheet music included at the end in order to read along to the author’s desired beat.
All three of us were more than pleased with the unexpected ending, and I will leave it at that in order to prevent a spoiler.
Having a love for baking, I was overjoyed to find the addition of two gingerbread-themed recipes in the back of the book. So, I decided to try the Gingerbread Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. Gathering my ingredients, though, I realized that there was no pumpkin required for the batter even though the title would assume otherwise. Stumped, I reviewed the recipe again and again to ensure I was reading it correctly. I then prepared one cupcake pan as the recipe claims to yield 8-12 muffins. Twenty-seven muffins later, I had concluded my baking. In addition, the recipe called for a cook time of 45 minutes, but hockey pucks I did not want. My muffins were ready after 15-20 minutes and were quite tasty.
Overall, a good story with beautiful grammar, but the muffin recipe needs to be revised, and an addition of sheet music or hint to the melody as in “sung to the tune of . . .” would be more than helpful.