The Gingerbread Star by Anne Fine: Children’s Book Review

A little grey worm’s wish to be a glow worm is sure to steal your heart. The super cute illustrations and the fun text is simply enticing for 4 to 5 year old children!

I stumbled upon ‘The Gingerbread Star’ by Anne Fine in the children’s section of a bookstore and was immediately impressed by the beautiful cover and the inside illustrations. I had not heard of this book before but the colours gave such a Christmassy feel, though certainly there is no Christmas in this sweet tale.

The Gingerbread Star by Anne Fine
Barrington Stoke, 88 pages

‘The Gingerbread Star’ is about Hetty, a bespectacled ‘plain little worm’ who just has one wish. A slithering little worm makes for an amazing central character for children’s books. She once saw glow worms and regrets that she cannot glow! Her parents try to reason but Hetty isn’t ready to accept anything apart from somehow getting light inside her body. Awww!! Yes, your child may go as ‘Awww’ as you and maybe laugh at the silly stubbornness of Hetty. And, you may be laughing thinking of the infinite times that your little co-reader had wanted impossible things to happen.

To Hetty, glowing had many utilities; she could find her way home in the dark and read books under the bedcover at night. Her mother cuddles little Hetty to calm her. Her father bakes gingerbread stars but Hetty is not contented. So, like in a child’s world where nothing is impossible, Hetty tries to think of ways to get her wish fulfilled. Thus, begins Hetty’s adventure of securing gold coins, meeting with the Queen and a wizard to bring the possible transformation. Well, the wizard has a magic wand with a gingerbread star at the end and a cat with purple paws!

The little readers can easily read this book with minimal help from elders. And, the pictures are so adorable and attractive for children. The sprinkle of magic and realism is just perfect in ‘The Gingerbread Star’. And, the intrigue continues till the end if Hetty managed to get her wish fulfilled or not.

On the flip side of the cover, there is a maze to be solved and on the back cover, the author gives the recipe for making yummy gingerbread stars…quite a bonus! It is definitely a heartwarming tale, a perfect read to make a wonderful evening or sign off ‘night-night’ to the little ones.

About the Author

Anne Fine is a best-selling author and former Children’s Laureate, having written more than fifty books for children of all ages. She has won numerous awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, and was awarded an OBE in 2003 for her Services to Children’s Literature.


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