Show-How Guides: Gingerbread Houses: 6 Essential Designs Everyone Should Know! Plus Dough and Icing Recipes!

Odd Dot. (Show-How Guides). Sept. 2022. 48p. pap. $6.99. ISBN 9781250793072.
Gr 3-6–Two anthropomorphic dots explain the step-by-step instructions for baking, assembling, and decorating eight types of “adoughrable” gingerbread houses. While the instructions are easy to follow, there are no pre-made, packaged ingredients here. Readers learn to make the dough and royal icing from scratch. Each page is laid out with large comic book panels containing an illustration and short instructions walking readers through the entire gingerbread house process. Illustrations are rendered in soft, red tones that are reminiscent of a retro 1950s line art style. The overall design is concise, reducing intimidation of the process, but the muted colors lack the verve some celebrants will be seeking.
VERDICT A fine choice for a topic that is not frequently detailed in books.

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