In this Tex-Mex-flavored retelling of "The Little Gingerbread Man," Señorita Gordita, a little corn cake, puts the pedal to the metal as, "with a flip and a skip and a zip-zoom-zip," she leaves Javalina (a warthog), Crótolo (a rattlesnake), and other desert creatures—who all want to eat her—in the dust. Señorita Gordita is sure nobody can catch her, but one very smart creature has a trick up his sleeve. Ketteman playfully mixes English and Spanish throughout the book, making it a perfect selection for bilingual families, new Spanish speakers, and anyone who enjoys a delicioso variation on an old favorite. As with Rubia and the Three Osos (2010), by Susan Middleton Elya, this includes a Spanish glossary to support English readers. The desert landscapes, digitally designed by Terry, embellish the high-spirited and spicy chase, which ends with a few wise words: "Being zip-zoom-fast is good" but "being smart is better." Ends with a recipe for gorditas. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews
"Gordita," a word that is both a Mexican endearment (it's the equivalent of calling someone a "little dumpling") and the name of tortilla-based street food, inspires this Spanish language–seasoned variation on "The Gingerbread Man" from the duo behind The Three Little Gators and Armadilly Chili. Ketteman's text skitters along thanks to the feisty, catchphrase-laden declarations of the taunting, deep-fried antiheroine. "I am rather fine-looking, aren't I?" Gordita tells one potential nemesis. "But I airstreamed Araña, gassed past Lagarto, and cruised past Crótolo. So put down your zinger of a stinger, Escorpión. You'll never catch me!" Terry's illustrations are sometimes undermined by an odd and at times frustrating haziness, but for the most part they have the vivacity of graffiti and Mexican street art, rendered with exaggerated dimensionality and spray-paint colors. As for his long-lashed, sassy Gordita (who is stylish to boot in her cowboy hat with pink ribbon trim), she exudes just enough snark that children won't mind her gustatory comeuppance. A recipe for gorditas and a glossary of Spanish terms are included. Ages 4–7. (Mar.)
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