Alongside the flamboyant versions of almost everything, this Gingerbread Boy may look drab: above the text on every page is a soft wash drawing in shades of gray. But the house of the little old woman and the little old man exudes a comfortable domesticity, and the animals the mischievous boy meets on his flight are quite wonderful. Each is upright and suggestively garbed the cow could be Charlie's Aunt, the horse is a farm hand, the fox is business-suited. And children will relish the climax the gingerbread boy crossing the river on the fox's tail, his back, his shoulder, then flipped into his mouth, the whole a counterpoint of innocent acrobatics and sly smugness. The pictures don't show to advantage at a distance but it's a quiet charmer close up.