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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416979700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416979708
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 2–4—This picture-book biography of the inventor of bubblegum is equal parts informative and entertaining. With appropriately simple but engaging prose, McCarthy relates how accountant Walter Diemer began "playing with different mixtures" in the late 1920s at the candy factory where he worked and eventually discovered a gum that bubbled. Judicious use of the inventor's own words helps to convey his enthusiastic personality. Along with Diemer's story, the author also covers a bit of gum history, the trial-and-error of invention, and the excitement that comes with a successful final product, all with just the right level of detail. Appealing acrylic cartoon illustrations fill this snippet of history with a sense of fun. The prominent curves of smiling faces and circular eyes and heads stand out against heavy lines and angles to fill each scene with playfulness that matches the subject. Rich colors capture the lighthearted joy of bubble blowers, both old and young, while contrasting darker tones reflect the drama of the inventor's lab work. A closing spread offers further information about Diemer's life, more fun facts about gum, and a full list of sources. Although the man will be unfamiliar to young readers, they know his invention well, and will appreciate his unexpected but well-earned success. McCarthy's on-target presentation makes this a strong choice for elementary biography assignments, booktalking, or just plain nonfiction fun.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
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What a good idea for a book! Kids who enjoy blowing gum bubbles may never have considered how the treat came to be, but here, in easy language and with amusing illustrations, McCarthy changes that. Starting at the Fleer Factory in 1927, the book introduces a young accountant, Walter Diemer, who knew more about numbers than gum. But when a lab is moved next door to his office, Diemer takes an interest in the invention of a new kind of gum. Eventually he develops bubble gum, tries it out at a mom-and-pop store to great success, and launches an enduring American icon. The acrylic paintings portray humor throughout, in part by peopling the book with googly-eyed characters who are often chewing a wad of gum. The story also touches briefly on the origin of gum, and the back matter—a short biography of Diemer, a fact list about gum, and a bibliography, including the sources from which McCarthy got her quotes—adds more info to the attractive package. Grades 1-3. --Ilene Cooper

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Publishers Weekly said "McCarthy's humor is right on target for mischievous younger readers." Her work has also been called "bold," "whimsical," "wacky," and "terribly amusing." Her nonfiction has been called "light hearted but well researched" and "action
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yana V. Rodgers on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Back in the late 1920s, a young accountant named Walter Diemer decided to go beyond his job of crunching numbers for his employer, a candy company named Fleer. Company scientists had been trying, without much luck, to develop a new kind of chewing gum with which people could blow bubbles.

Walter could not resist trying his hand, and ultimately his experiments with a variety of secret ingredients yielded a mixture that produced bubbles, stayed soft, and tasted good. After a large batch sold out within one day at a local mom-and-pop store, Fleer marketed the new concoction as Dubble Bubble and used its success to avoid going into bankruptcy.

Curious children who wonder why their bubble gum is pink and how it came about will enjoy this informative and engaging picture book. The book makes a valuable resource for teaching children about the rewards that come from innovation in terms of new products for companies to sell and consumers to enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on July 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book brings it home for kids that businesses aren't always successful at what they do, and that finding a way to be profitable takes a LOT of persistence, energy, and late nights.

And the book is so cheerfully illustrated -- they'll forget they are learning when they are caught up in the fun of DubbleBubble.

It's fun for young scientists to see that science isn't just sterile environments; science is fun and applicable across many specialties.

Parent Note: The book does seem to present the triumphant formula as a bit haphazardly arrived at: "added a bit of this and a drop of that." I don't know how Dubble Bubble was created -- it may have been a happy accident, or it may have been more scientific than this book protrays.

For another bubble gum biography, try William Wrigley Jr.: Wrigley's Chewing Gum Founder (Food Dudes)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Author/artist Meghan McCarthy used bold acrylic paints to illustrate her informative story of bubble gum. While kids love what is often a pink square of gum used to chew, blow and pop bubbles, very few mw know its history. Now, thanks to McCarthy they can learn how difficult it was to invent.

Our story begins in a factory owned by the Fleer family during the 1920s. This family made large quantities of gum and candy. One employee was Walter Diemer, an accountant who could easily balance a budget but knew very little about gum.
As time passed the office next door to Diemer's became a laboratory occupied by technicians trying to make a new gum. The thought was that gum wasn't really very exciting, "But what if gum chewers could blow bubbles? Now that would be something - a world full of bubble gum blowers!" The technicians didn't have much luck and Fleer was about to give up his idea when Walter was asked to watch a kettle holding a gum experiment. Well, Walter became fascinated - he didn't know what he was doing but he spent a great deal of time "playing with different mixtures." You guessed it - he finally found a mixture that bubbled and popped!

POP! THE INVENTION OF BUBBLE GUM also includes a history of chewables, a bio of Walter Diemer, and facts about gum. For instance, who chewed the most gum in 2006? Kids? No! College educated women in their thirties.

Young readers can certainly relate to this book's subject and may well enjoy knowing how one of their favorite treats came to be.

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi G on December 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This picture book is sure to please the younger crowd. The large color photos tell the story beautifully along with the text.
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Book was interesting and amusing to an audience of Italian youngsters learning English. Pictures were great and storyline captivating especially with a followup of bubble gum chewing and bubble blowing.
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By Stacy Nunn on January 12, 2014
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Great condition as explained in sellers information. My kids found the book very interesting and well written with lots of facts.
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By Gina on December 11, 2013
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Cute book! My kids (6 and 8) really enjoyed reading it. I love that at the end of the book there is a history/facts section.
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