The Library Gingerbread Man
written by Dotti Enderle; illustrated by Colleen M. Madden
(Upstart Books) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
That Gingerbread Man sure gets around! This time he is escaping from his book at 398.2 and leading a chase through the library. The librarian runs after him first, followed by a word wizard from a thesaurus at 423.1 and a giraffe at 599.638. Pretty soon, a pantheon of historical figures and other characters are joining the librarian to form a posse running after the elusive cookie. A wily arctic fox from 998 poses a problem for our intrepid spice man, but a surprise twist brings about a new ending to this classic tale.
Librarians will love this book as it is an original teaching tool for learning how to use the Dewey decimal system. It would also be a good starting point for a class beginning to use the library for research purposes. Try this book at the beginning of the year as students are re-acclimating themselves to the media center.