I met Vikram a few years ago when my organization had a tent right next to his at a spring event in University District in Seattle. I loved the book's format, it reminded me of Shel Silverstein (he said that's where he drew inspiration from). I kept one for myself and one for a friend's kid, and they loved it. I've been buying these books for my friend's kids since. Big fan of Vikram and his other works.
My children adore these poems. We have been reading a few every night. The art and poems seem to jump off the page. I am always looking for books that put computers and tv to shame. Look no further than The Bubble Collector. Your children will definitely find a love of reading here. Deena Cook (author of the children’s book series Pinky and Peanut )
My son loved is loving this book, as he also like Shel Silverstein's book. He particularly liked the clever, handwritten post-it in the middle of the book to create a review! Very effective. My son's favorite poem is "The Math Test"
After purchasing several copies for young friends, I finally gave in and bought one for myself. The poems are full of wacky words and the kind of alliteration that make them great to read aloud. The subjects are whimsical with just enough naughtiness to provoke giggles in the little ones and allow the adult-in-charge to make shocked faces and recoil in mock horror. This book is old school interactive in the very best sense of the word. It's also entirely accessible and equally fun for the slightly older independent reader. Vikram Madan's silly drawings add to the entertainment. If you and the kids in your life love Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss, The Bubble Collector is sure be a new favorite.
I am a huge fan of Vikram Madan's art. It's whimsical, playful, and delights the soul. The Bubble Collector is no different. It showcases Vikram's art as well as illustrates just what a fun writer he is as well. He could be our next Dr. Seuss. The poems and drawings throughout the book are like the bubbles being collected there: They're fun to chase, lighthearted, and sure to provoke giggles out of even the most stoic of readers. This book is as delightful for adults as it is for kids! I have a copy for my own enjoyment, which I pull out from time to time when I need a smile. I've also given copies to my nephews and others who enjoy the poems and artwork as much as I do.
I've bought a copy of this book for elementary age child, I've bought a copy of this book for an adult friend and a copy for myself. Regardless of age everybody loves it! The drawings are so fun!!! It's Witty, whimsical and all around wonderful!!!!
THE BUBBLE COLLECTOR (ISBN 978-1482397611, trade paperback, $12.95) by VIKRAM MADAN is a wonderful collection of short, humorous poems for children and adults. Great for parents, grandparents and other grownups to read to young kids. Great for kids who can read by themselves. Great for adults to read. Madan is a Seattle based artist and writer. His illustrations are whimsical and well-suited for his poems.