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Bubble Trouble
Contributor(s): Mahy, Margaret, Dunbar, Polly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0547994834     ISBN-13: 9780547994833
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2013
Annotation: When her baby brother is captured inside one of her bubbles and floats high in the air, Mabel, her family, and everyone in town chases about to get him safely back down to earth before he sails too far away!
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Stories in rhyme.
Bubbles; Fiction.
Humorous stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2013012848
Lexile Measure: 1240
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.00" H x 9.50" W x 0.20" (0.56 lbs) 37 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 130021
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #3)
Bubble, bubble, tongue-twisting trouble! When Mabel blows a bubble, it causes a bit of trouble-in the inimitable Mahy way. The rhythm and rhyme of her newest exuberant offering has echoes of the "bibble-bubble-babble" of her older 17 Kings and 42 Elephants (rev. 9/87) with added tongue-stumbling internal rhymes to keep even the most accomplished storyteller on her toes. Little Mabel's bubble surrounds Baby and takes him on an adventure of amazing heights. The whole town is alarmed as the bobbling bubble floats farther astray, but happy Baby is comfortably enthralled with his bird's-eye view of the commotion. Dunbar's cut-paper and watercolor full-page illustrations are entirely faithful to the lively tale. Every little detail of this raucous story is depicted in the dramatic spreads-a good thing, as the words are a pleasant stretch for lap listeners. Who wouldn't love the sound of nefarious, cavorting, grapple, and the like tripping off the reader's tongue? The suspense builds in both words and pictures, and little ones' eyes will be as round as the bubble. Read this aloud and expect a lot of giggles and calls for a repeat performance. It will take a few readings to get through without stumbling, but that only adds to the fun. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 May)

PreS-Gr 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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