Señorita Gordita by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Will Terry is a new release and a take on the Gingerbread Man family of tales.
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.
About the Authors
Helen Ketteman is the author of more than nineteen picture books. She writes for children ranging from preschool through fourth or fifth grade, and especially enjoys telling fractured fairy tales. Helen earned her Associate of Arts degree from Young Harris College in Young Harris, GA, and her B.A. degree in English from Georgia State University in Atlanta. http://helenketteman.com
Will Terry grew up just outside the beltway of Washington, D.C., where he enjoyed scouting, sports, and playing cello in his HS orchestra. He studied illustration at BYU, developing his interests and skills in drawing and painting. Will has illustrated 17 children's books including The Three Little Gators and Armadilly Chili. He teaches illustration part time at UVSC and enjoys snowboarding with his three sons and a warm fire with his wife. www.willterry.com
The images are from Terry's site. And here is an excerpt from Helen Ketteman's website:
“Araña (spider) wiggled her legs as she set the gordita on a paper towel to drain. “You’re one tasty-looking gordita! I’m in for a treat.”
But that gordita hopped up. “Oh no, Araña! I’m one fast gordita! You can’t catch me!” And with a flip and a skip and and a zip-zoom-zip, the gordita raced out the door.
“Señorita Gordita! Come back!” called Araña, chasing after her.
But Señorita Gordita zipped through the desert till she came to a creosote bush.
Lagarto (lizard) was resting underneath. He opened one eye. “Hola, Señorita Gordita!” Come share my shade,” he said. “You look delicious…I mean, hot.”
Señorita Gordita jumped aside. “Oh no, amigo! I ran from Araña so fast, I left her spinning. I’ll run away from you, too. I’m putting the pedal to the metal. Adiós, Lagarto!” And with a flip and a skip, and a zip-zoom-zip, off she ran. Lagarto skittered after her.”