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<ul><li>Format:Hardcover</li><li>Publication Date: 2018-09-11</li></ul>
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Author/illustrator Edw...

Author/illustrator Edward Hemingway takes the classic Euro-American folktale concerning that runaway pastry, The Gingerbread Man, and gives it a creative new twist in this holiday picture-book. In this version, Fox is visiting Christmastown and comes across a sugar cookie escaping from his bakery. Spurred on by that cookie's taunt - "Run, run as fast as you can! / You can't catch me - / I'm the Sugar Cookie Man!" - he gives chase, soon catching his prey. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as the case may be), the cookie is anything but sweet, leading to a daylong quest to "correct" this problem, on the part of both Fox and Cookie. But is there anything wrong with being a "slowpoke who tastes terrible?" I have read and enjoyed a number of more traditional picture-book retellings of this story, including the one done by Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, and I have enjoyed other revisionist retellings, such as Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby and its sequels. It's worth noting that this tale type concerning a runaway pastry being chased by a fox is widespread in the various European traditions. Marcia Brown retold a Russian variant in The Bun: A Tale from Russia. Given all of that, I was curious to see what Hemmingway would do with Tough Cookie: A Christmas Tale. I found his tale engaging and unique, and I liked the solution to the cookie's "dilemma," as he discovers that he is just as he is meant to be. The artwork is colorful and cute - I liked the various scenes around Christmastown - and captures the charm of the story. All in all, a fun new holiday picture-book, and an entertaining revisionist take on a classic tale.

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