FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP
FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP
FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP
FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP
FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP
FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP
FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP
FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP

My first book in my Freddie and Gingersnap series

Published by Disney/Hyperion

January 2014

Dinosaurs and dragons don’t usually mix, but when little Gingersnap’s wings fail her up in the clouds, she crashes right into Freddie down on the ground. A face-off transpires. Bobbleheads, overbites and almost identical bodies make the impending fisticuffs immediately comedic and cute. The scrawny tykes feud and fight across a spiky, barbed world of primordial plants, big-eyed bugs and fanged lizards. Readers will eagerly explore this densely populated environment while giggling at Freddie and Gingersnap’s silly skirmish. Finger and toe claws “click” and “clack”; teeth “snip” and “snap.” Lively onomatopoetic action words run throughout, appearing within the artwork in purple and green block letters that correspond nicely with Freddie’s moss-green and Gingersnap’s plum-purple body. A dramatic foldout depicts these little bodies clinging together at the edge of a precipice and then landing (“PLIP! PLOP!”) in a thorn patch. Freddie’s encouragement helps Gingersnap get her wings moving, and the two of them make their way out of the brambles. To children who scowl at the opposite gender (Are they a different species or what?), Freddie and Gingersnap’s rivalry makes perfect sense, as does the way it evolves quickly into a blurred angry/fun game of chase and eventually into a mutual adventure. A light look at childhood friendship and the complicated, primitive feelings that often accompany any relationship. ~ KIRKUS

A dinosaur and a dragon share similar dreams. Freddie yearns to have his “head in the clouds” like the bigger dinosaurs and Gingersnap longs to flap her wings and fly. When she lands on him during a failed attempt at flight, a standoff ensues: “They stared eye to eye. They scowled and they growled. They clicked the pointed claws on their fingers CLICK! CLICK! and they clacked the pointed claws on their toes CLACK! CLACK!” Freddie catches Gingersnap just before she falls over a cliff, and fold-down pages show the dramatic descent. While reflecting among the thistles and thorns, the pair decide to join forces and scale new heights together. Kirsch’s fluid watercolor and ink illustrations are beautifully choreographed. Like their legendary dancing namesakes, this high-stepping duo dances cheek to cheek (with purple and green tails intertwined). This stylish tale of an unlikely friendship has an infectious rhythm. ~ SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

In a failed attempt at flight, Gingersnap the dragon falls on top of Freddie the dinosaur. The two express their mutual disdain-with scowls and growls, clicks and clacks, snips and snaps, howls and stomps-until both plummet off a cliff into thistles and thorns. Changing tactics, they try cooperation instead. With Freddie’s help, the young dragon learns to fly, and Gingersnap cements the relationship by rescuing the dinosaur, too. The creator of Forsythia & Me (2011) and Two Little Boys from Toolittle Toys (2010) adds another friendship story to his oeuvre. In Kirsch’s ink-and-watercolor universe, these lanky partners differ mostly in hue (Freddie is green; Gingersnap, fuchsia), as together they move almost as one-as did the pair’s inspirations, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Young listeners are sure to enjoy the text’s vivid aural language and the Little Shop of Horrors style illustrations-one in particular depicts the two friends’ cliff descent through a three-page-length vertical gatefold. This makes a good story hour choice, with lots of potential for creative drama. ~ BOOKLIST

 

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