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PreSchool-K-A fast-paced, rhyming story with vibrant, bouncing illustrations. A toad begins the tale about a gob of bubble gum found on the road. Before long, the little creature gets stuck, is joined by a shrew, a goose, a bee, and a crow. A truck is zooming down the road so the only way out of this sticky predicament is to chew, chew, chew. That is just what the animals do until a bear comes by and more trouble seems imminent. Fortunately, it gets stuck, a hen comes along, and the adventure begins anew. Enjoyable and energetic, this repetitive tale is just the kind of wacky fun that young children love.
Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
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PreS-Gr. 1. In this rollicking tale, a blob of pink bubble gum melting in the middle of the road causes big trouble for five animals that get stuck in the "chewy-gooey icky-sticky" mess. Wheeler's snappy rhyming verse, loaded with silly words and onomatopoeia, begs to be read aloud: "Yuck! Ew! The Shrew's stuck, too! / Gooey shrew, gooey shrew / Pointy-nose-all-gluey shrew / Stomping, shouting 'FOOEY!' shrew / Can't get loose." The clever language is just part of the appeal of this well-designed picture book. Creative variations in size, style, and placement of text add visual excitement, as do the bold colors and patterns of Huliska-Beith's acrylic-and-fabric collage illustrations. Wildly exaggerated expressions and body language enhance the slapstick nature of the story and provide plot clues for pre-readers who are paging through on their own. Lauren Peterson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316988944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316988940
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LISA WHEELER is the author of several award-winning picture books, including Sixteen Cows, One Dark Night, and Mammoths On the Move, which recently received a Parent's Choice Recommended Award. She lives near Detroit, Michigan. www.lisawheelerbooks.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By One honest chic on April 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
We checked this one out from the library on a whim just because we thought the name looked fun. Wow! This is such a cute, entertaining, funny, fun to read book! My 2 year old loves it and we giggle every time we read- which so far has been numerous time a day. The rhyming is fun and not at all annoying, like one of the other reviews mentioned. We love books & this one is definitely one of our favorites! I definitely recommend it to all book lovers and for all ages as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Zilinsky on August 10, 2004
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Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum is a delightful story about a blob of icky sticky bubble gum in the middle of the road. One by one, various animals walking by get stuck in the gum, and can't get out. When a truck comes along, they blow a bubble and float out of the way, only to have a big bottomed bear pop the bubble to try to catch them. However, the bear then gets stuck, and all the animals get away.

My daughter loves this story, and it's quickly becoming one of her favorite books. The rhyming makes it easy for her to remember and "read" along. I enjoyed reading this as well, it's an entertaining story and very well written. A must have for your toddler/preschooler! (and I don't say must have often, so GET IT!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2004
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Lisa Wheeler is one of my favorite children's picture book authors because of her witty storylines and creative use of rhyme, meter, and language... and also because her books are just plain HILARIOUS!!!! Yet another modern kids' classic that is a must-have for your child's library as well as the perfect birthday gift for any kid who loves to laugh!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2004
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The rhythm and rhyme of the storyline is absolute genius (and I am a high school English teacher). The imagery coupled with vivid adjectives and word play make this story come to life. Absolutely a favorate for my sons and myself.
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Ever had gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe? Well, how about you getting stuck to the gum? This story begins with a happy little frog minding his own business, when he accidentally gets stuck to an enormous wad of bubble gum on the road. And he's just the first.

You'd think that other passersby would learn from the frog's mistake. Unfortunately, none seem to take the appropriate caution and soon there are five animals in the same distressing situation - stuck tight - as a vehicle barrels down the road toward them. What these animals lacked in foresight, they make up for in resourcefulness. They use the gum as their escape, blowing it into a huge bubble that carries them away from danger... or so they thought.

The action continues as a bear chases them down, only to end up in the same demise while the others are finally freed. As the story says: "Oh, what luck! The bear got stuck." Is this the end? No, no! "Along comes a hen. A red-ruffled hen . . . Here we go again!"

The rhythm to this story is a little more complex than the usual children's book, which makes it stand out. It is fun, bouncy, and energetic. The illustrations capture the humor of the story well. I know this age range is atypical, but I'd venture to say that this book is great fun for kids ages 2 to 8.
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Finally, a children's book that's just fun to read to your young child and that your child can read and enjoy for themselves. It's no wonder this is an award winning book. It doesn't try to promote a political agenda or try to indoctrinate children with the propaganda of most children's books today. It's just a fun book for young toddlers up through children who have just learned to read to themselves...and the adults don't have to suffer through the utter garbage that is most children's books today. This book has made me want to check out what other books Lisa Wheeler has written. Laura Huliska-Beith is a very gifted illustrator.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda K. Paul on March 23, 2006
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My Grandkids, ages 3 and 2 love this sweet book. We all love the illustrations.
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Even though most preschool children are not chewing bubble gum yet, they know it's sticky and they think it's funny when things get stuck in it. I have them repeat the chant, "Bubble gum, bubble gum, ooey-gooey bubble gum!" when each animal gets stuck; it helps to involve them in the story. The ending is surprising and fun. I always ask the children what they think will happen after the last page, when things seem to be starting all over again... The illustrations are bright, colorful and hilarious. Very good book.
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