Bringing Gingerbread Man to Life

There’s a really interesting post over at Joy Chu’s Got Story Countdown blog about the making of the picture book THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL.

I love that this book began with a teacher having a creative idea that excited kids. Author Laura Murray described her students’ annual hunt for the gingerbread man throughout the school building: “We hung missing posters and searched the halls, discovering crumbs and dropped candies, as we asked school staff where he might be.”

The post gives a really interesting inside look at all that happened after she took that idea and turned it into a manuscript. Illustrator Mike Lowery (love his stuff!) and art director Cecilia Yung discuss their role in developing this title from manuscript to picture book.

Here’s the link–enjoy.

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About Audrey Vernick

Audrey Vernick writes books for young readers.
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4 Responses to Bringing Gingerbread Man to Life

  1. Mary Z says:

    Wow, I’ve never seen such a thorough description of the whole process, with all the cast of creators involved. Thanks, Audrey, for the link!

  2. Thanks for sharing this interview. It was so informative and a nice example of why it can take so long for a book to be revised and published.

  3. Joy Chu says:

    Thank you for your kind words, and the shout-out, Audrey. Incidentally, I am crazy about your schoolin’ Buffalo! Priceless observation of life-in-early-school, between the lines 🙂 Cheers!

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