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Gingerbread Boy Stories

Every year, we receive many requests from teachers looking for variations on the Gingerbread Boy story. Here are some variations that we have in our collection. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)


Armour Stop That Pickle!    (A pickle tries to escape being eaten by fleeing through the city streets, pursued by a variety of other food items. )
Aylesworth The Gingerbread Man    (A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of pursuers until he meets a clever fox.)
Brett Gingerbread Friends    (A lonely gingerbread baby, having set out to find a friend, winds up leading a crowd back to his house.)
Brett The Gingerbread Baby    (A young boy and his mother bake a gingerbread baby that escapes and leads a crowd on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale.)
Egielski The Gingerbread Boy    (A freshly baked gingerbread boy escapes and eludes his pursuers until he meets a clever fox in this clever urban romp. )
Enderle The Library Gingerbread Man    (The Gingerbread Man lives on the library shelves, but he is not the type of cookie that stays in one place for very long. He escapes, and the chase is on!)
Ernst The Gingerbread Girl    (Like her older brother, the Gingerbread Girl eludes the many people who would like to eat her and has a plan to escape her sibling's fate.)
Ernst The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers    (The Gingerbread Girl, who once escaped the fox that devoured her brother, must now try to save the animal crackers she received as a birthday gift.)
Galdone The Gingerbread Boy    (The Gingerbread Boy eludes the hungry grasp of everyone he meets until he happens upon a fox more clever than he. )
Gingerbread The Gingerbread Boy    (A gingerbread boy runs away from the woman who made him but a clever fox proves his undoing.)
Hassett Can't Catch Me    (In this version of "The Gingerbread Man," an ice cube runs away to sea, hoping to grow as big as an iceberg and bump into boats. )
Howland The Matzah Man: A Passover Story    (Just before the Passover seder, a man baked from scraps of matzo dough escapes, eluding a number of pursuers until he meets clever Mendel Fox. )
Jones The Gingerbread Man    (A gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes nursery rhyme characters who hope to eat him until he meets a clever fox.)
Kimmel The Gingerbread Man    (A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of animals until he meets a clever fox.)
Kimmel The Runaway Tortilla    (In this southwestern version of "The Gingerbread Man", a tortilla runs away from the woman who is about to cook him. )
Kimmelman The Runaway Latkes    (When three potato latkes escape the frying pan on the first night of Hanukkah, everyone joins in the chase.)
Murray The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School    (A gingerbread man searches all over the school for the group of children that made him and then left him behind. )
Shulman The Matzo Ball Boy    (A matzo ball runs away from an old woman as she prepares her Passover dinner in this Jewish version of "The Gingerbread Boy.")
Squires The Gingerbread Cowboy    (A freshly baked gingerbread cowboy escapes from the rancher's wife's kitchen and eludes his pursuers in this western version of the tale.)

Easy Readers (JE ER)


Blair The Gingerbread Man    (A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of pursuers until he meets a clever fox. )
Ziefert The Gingerbread Boy    (A clever fox finally catches the elusive gingerbread boy.)

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry


J398.2 EU Gingerbread The Fine Round Cake    (A fine round cake escapes from the oven and eludes man and beast until it meets its match in the wily fox. )
J398.2 Nursery Nursery Tales Around the World    (Presents eighteen simple stories from international folklore, grouped around six themes, such as "Runaway Cookies." )

Last Updated: 2/13