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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—A truckload of trouble and mountains of mayhem ensue when young Mabel blows a bubble that enfolds her baby brother and carries him aloft. He is pursued by his frantic mother and sister, "crumpled Mr. Copple and his wife," "feeble Mrs. Threeble," "Greville Gribble," the chapel choir, and other townsfolk. The text floats in waves along with the bouncing baby across the energetic watercolor and cut-paper spreads. Dressed in stripes and plaids, nightshirts and jogging suits, the crowd sprints along through backyards and gardens, gesticulating wildly as the smiling infant floats by. Eventually, the rescuers form a human ladder to reach him. But Abel, "a rascal and a rebel," performs a dastardly deed with his slingshot and the people watch in horror as the baby plummets through the air. It takes three page turns for readers to reach the delightful resolution of this perilous predicament. There is no mistaking the baby's happy landing as his smiling face and waving arms and feet fill the spread. This tale, with its over-the-top silliness, is a storyhour gem. And with some practice, the rhyme, alliterative phrases, and names will fall trippingly off the tongue. Fabulous fun!—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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The trouble begins when sister Mabel blows a bubble that bobbles over baby and wafts him away. Baby floats over mother, past the neighbors, and through the busy streets as bystanders join the chase. How to bring baby down? A human ladder forms and a slingshot finally solves the problem, but then who’s going to catch the baby? Mahy is clearly in love with language here, as she offers a text that flounces and bounces like the baby in the bubble: “But she bellowed, / ‘Gracious, Greville!’ / and she groveled on the gravel / when the baby in the bubble / bibble-bobbled overhead.” Dunbar uses watercolors accented with cut paper to chronicle the silliness. The story goes on a bit long for the youngest, but children will find their ears perking up at the tongue-twisting text, and they may become word lovers, too, after listening to this. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1240L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books; 1 edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547074212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547074214
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mabel was sitting at the table blowing bubbles. The kitty was sitting on the table watching the baby and the baby was watching the kitty. All of a sudden one of those bubbles was a lot of "bubble trouble in a bibble-bobble way." It floated across the table and bobbled her baby brother and "wafted him away!" Oh, my . . . Mabel and the kitty were in hot pursuit of the baby in the bubble and when she called to her mother the alarm was on.

"At the sudden call of trouble, Mother took off at the double,
for the squealing left her reeling, made her terrified and tense,
saw the bubble for a minute, with the baby bobbing in it,
as it bibbled by the letterbox and bobbed across the fence."

As the baby bibble-bobbled over the town people began to panic and joined in the chase. Chrysta and Greville, Tybal and Sybil, Mr. Copple and the Mrs. ("a crabby couple") Mrs. Threeble with her needle were on the run lest the "bubble burst and vanish in the sky." It was a real "flum-a-diddle," and no one knew quite what to do, but then there was rascally Abel with his slingshot. Oh, no! What would happen if he burst the bubble?

This is one of those superb, exuberant books that only comes around once in a great while. It is an all-around pleaser that both children and adults will marvel over it. The art work meshes perfectly and captures the excitement of the chase. Much of the text swirls up and down following the bibble-bobble path the baby is taking. If you are an expressive reader, your young audience will be rapt with excitement when you read this story in rhyme! This is the Boston Globe Horn Book Award Winner for 2009.
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Mabel is busy blowing bubbles on day and it turns into a big problem. the bubble that she has blown is HUGE and it surounds her baby brother and carries him away into the air! As the wind blows poor Baby floats throuh the town. The town people have to work together to try and save the baby.

The book is very cute. It is a challenge to read aloud due to all the rhyme words, sort of a tounge twister. The book can be used in story time and in the classroom. After reading the kids can try their hand and making their own bubble solution and seeing who can blow the biggest bubble.
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I enjoyed the book, but the target audience..two 3 yr olds...zoned out way before the end. I've tried this one a few times and couldn't get either of them to stay interested in it. They like Slinky Malinky a lot more. And Harry McClary. There are books adults like more than the children, in our case this is in that category. We read many many many books, they have access to an ever changing variety as well as their own libraries, including graphic novels so they don't stay for ones that aren't interesting to them.
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This is one of those amazing rhyming picture books that seem effortless but you know that it must have taken the author a while to get the prose perfect. Wow. I love reading this to my son. There is a reason Margaret Mahy is considered a master of children's story telling. Any potential children's book author should read this first.
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Very cute book. Pictures are catching and the rhyming is quite catchy and cute. Pretty sure several of my friends have the first page (or several) memorized just from reading it to their kids. I will say though about the rhyming, my husband is not a very fluid reader and it kinda irritates him to read it aloud to the kids. For me though, its wonderful, I love reading, and am capable of reading quite fast while maintaining articulation, so it's "my" book to read to the kids. Which is fine with me; it's a fun read to bounce around on your tongue. Both my 1 and a half year old and 3 and a half year old love it.
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The description may say for ages 3 and up, but our 1-year-old sits riveted when we pull this book out. I'm hoping it stays one of his favorites as he gets older, because when children start demanding the same book over and over again, you can only hope it's as much fun to read as this one! Great for introducing some more advanced words too. After all, how many characters in picture books have "nefarious intentions"?
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This book is irresistible -- you can't help reading it aloud, over and over. It has a fabulous rhythm to it, especially with rhymes embedded throughout the sentences (not just at the ends). Plus Margaret Mahy's usual sense of mischief. We found it at the library but will be buying a copy.
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My kids (5 & 2) and I love this book. We have a baby too so the girls think it's fun to imagine our baby in the bubble. The rich vocabulary and peppy cadence of the rhymes make this book very fun to read. We got it first as a library book and I ordered it because we all loved it so much.
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