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Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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From School Library Journal

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: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of my very favorite books to read as a parent, teacher, and librarian. The book is a great read aloud with great rhythm, and it has great word choice (hence it being great for lessons as a teacher and librarian).

This book is loved by parents, teachers, and kids of all ages. It's a definite favorite!

For other book reviews check out: http://www.alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/
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My children (and I!!) just love this catchy book! The rhymes are super fun - even my 2 year old will start to say then they "chew, and chew, and chew...". If your looking for a fun book, this is definitely it!!
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This is my daughter Emmy’s (word by word) book review of the book Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum.

“I like Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum so much because they are “rhymey” and the sentences are silly, like this one…
Along comes a shrew… A bad mood shrew, a bad mood, how rude! Tough dude shrew. (reading from the book)
My favorite part is about the big bottom bear (giggles)!
I think kids, like until they are 10, will like this book, and grown-ups will like reading it too because it is fun.”

*Parent’s note – Emmy’s reading level is far above this book, however, she still really enjoyed it. She asked to keep it in her room at night and read it to her cat and stuffed animals, which proves that children love all types of reading material, regardless of reading level. For more reviews visit 3amigosbookblog.com
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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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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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I typically have to either really love or really hate an item to write a review on it and I love this book so much that I had to write about it. This is definitely one of my favorites for my 3 year old... and for myself. We read the book like a song- it's almost impossible not to read it that way and get really animated and excited. This book is a gem and I'm so glad I found it at my local library.
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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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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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