The Horribly Hungry Gingerbread Boy: A San Francisco Story

Hardcover, 8.5 x 11,
40 pages, with full-color
illustrations throughout.
ISBN: 9781597143523.

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By Elisa Kleven

When Shirley bakes herself a gingerbread treat to bring to school, the last thing she expects is for him to leap out of her lunchbox and begin gobbling everything in sight. A wild chase ensues—on foot and by cable car—through iconic San Francisco neighborhoods including the Mission, Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Will Shirley be able to catch the gingerbread boy before he eats up the whole city? Friendship is at the heart of this retelling of the classic folktale. A recipe for (non-magical) gingerbread treats is included.


Elisa Kleven is the author and/or illustrator of over thirty books, which have received honors from the American Library Association, The New York Times, The Junior Library Guild, School Library Journal, Bank Street College, The American Booksellers Association, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughter, son, dog, and cats. Visit her website at