What a great book! As the author states in the notes at the end of the book, it’s a little dark for a children’s book, but it is so good, I don’t think anyone minds. The humor in it offsets the darkness.
My main complaint with the book is that the gingerbread man has such an important part in the story, but he never has a name. Even the golems have names, even though they are just the names of the colors on them. This little guy needs a name. Thankfully, though, he doesn’t get eaten by Bob, or anyone else for that matter.
Lyle has an enemy and he doesn’t know who or why. He and his family decide to do something about it.
This is a great book about prejudice and misunderstanding. I think that an older child would enjoy this, but I think that parent discussion is also needed to help the child understand that what happened to Lyle is wrong.
I read this for school. It was a decent story, but wasn’t as interesting as it could have been. There were ups and downs, but most of them were far fetched. It wasn’t a difficult read, but it won’t be a reread for me.