Senorita Gordita

Helen Ketteman

Book - 2012

Resets the tale of the Gingerbread boy in the southwest, where the scrumptious Gordita eludes her pursuers until she meets a clever owl. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a gorditas recipe.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Chicago, Ill. : Albert Whitman 2012.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780807573020
0807573027
Main Author
Helen Ketteman (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

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.

Review by 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.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Ketteman continues her run of appealing fractured folktales. When the story begins, it's quickly apparent that this is a retelling of "The Gingerbread Man" set in the Southwest. Araña, a spider, is cooking herself a treat when one of the gorditas (little fried homemade tortillas) hops up and starts running. The chase is on, and several desert animals join in on the hunt for the tasty morsel. Will Señorita Gordita survive or will one of those crafty animals catch her? The refrain is different from the traditional one but still catchy, and listeners will be chanting along. Ketteman incorporates Spanish terms and phrases, and each animal takes center stage in Terry's illustrations. This way, readers can make connections between the name Crótolo and the enormous, threatening rattlesnake. But if confusion persists, a glossary (along with a recipe for gorditas) is appended. The art is full of Southwestern charm and depicts the setting accurately. Gordita is sassy, the other animals shifty and speedy, and these elements all add up to a yummy folktale. Definitely a hit in regional libraries, but it should be popular anywhere.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ [Page 129]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—In a book that combines food and folktales, the Little Gingerbread Boy is transported to the American Southwest. He also receives a gender and cuisine switch to become a thick, fried, corn masa tortilla known as Señorita Gordita, who escapes numerous desert predators until she is tricked by an owl sitting atop a saguaro cactus. Terry's illustrations emphasize the menacing nature of critters such as Araña, the spider, along with a snake and a scorpion. [Page 55]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A Tex-Mex retelling of The Little Gingerbread Man, Senorita Gordita tells the tale of its titular character as she runs through the desert, boasting and fleeing from spiders, lizards, and other desert creatures.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this Tex-Mex retelling of The Little Gingerbread Man, Senorita Gordita--a little corn cake-- escapes from the frying pan and leads a merry chase. She runs through the desert boasting, "You'll never catch me!" while fleeing from a spider, a rattler, and other hungry creatures "with a flip, and a skip, and a zip-zoom-zip." A fast-paced and wildly illustrated twist on an old favorite.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Resets the tale of the Gingerbread boy in the southwest, where the scrumptious Gordita eludes her pursuers until she meets a clever owl.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Resets the tale of the Gingerbread boy in the southwest, where the scrumptious Gordita eludes her pursuers until she meets a clever owl. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a gorditas recipe.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Resets the tale of the Gingerbread Boy in the Southwest, where the scrumptious Gordita eludes her pursuers until she meets a clever owl. Includes a glossary of Spanish terms and a gorditas recipe.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

In this Tex-Mex retelling of The Little Gingerbread Man, Senorita Gordita--a little corn cake-- escapes from the frying pan and leads a merry chase. She runs through the desert boasting, "You'll never catch me!" while fleeing from a spider, a rattler, and other hungry creatures "with a flip, and a skip, and a zip-zoom-zip." A fast-paced and wildly illustrated twist on an old favorite.