Senorita Gordita

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.

  • 32 Pages
  • 9" x 11"
  • 9780807573020
  • March 2012

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  • March 2015

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  • 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.

    - Booklist

  • 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.

    - School Library Journal

  • A welcome retelling, particularly suited for reading aloud to groups.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Ketteman’s text skitters along…Terry’s illustrations…have the vivacity of grafitti and Mexican street art…As for his long-lashed, sassy Gordita…she exudes just enough snark that children won’t mind her gustatory comeuppance.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • This regional retelling of The Gingerbread Man from a celebrated author-illustrator team is a winner!…This book begs to be read aloud, and be prepared for your listeners to join in during the refrain, “with a flip and a skip and a zip-zoom-zip.”

    - Library Media Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • 2013 IRA-CBC Children's Choices


    Will Terry

    Common Core

    RL.K-2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10


    • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
    • ATOS Level: 2.30