Bubble Trouble

Bubble Trouble


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"Read this aloud and expect a lot of giggles and calls for a repeat performance."—Horn Book, starred review Little Mabel blew a bubble, and it caused a lot of trouble . . .

When little Mabel’s bubble gets away from her, it’s her baby brother who gets into trouble. Soon he’s floating out of the house, above the fence, and all over town! It’s up to Mabel, Mother, and the rest of the townspeople to get him safely back down. Who knew that so much trouble could come from one little bubble?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547994833
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 227,999
Product dimensions: 7.72(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile: AD1240L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Internationally acclaimed children’s author Margaret Mahy  received many honors during her lifetime (1936-2012), including the Hans Christian Andersen Award,  a Carnegie Medal, and citations from the American Library Association. She was from New Zealand. 

Polly Dunbar lives in Brighton, England. She also illustrated Margaret Mahy’s The Man from the Land of Fandago.

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“Mabel blows a bubble that envelops her baby brother, gently wafting him all over the village, causing shock and excitement among the population. Chrysta and Greville Gribble, Tybal and his mother Sybil, the crabby Copples, feeble Mrs. Treeble and Canon Dapple come up with an improbable plan to catch the bubbled baby. Meanwhile, mischievous rebel Abel bursts the bubble with his slingshot and the villagers gallantly come to the rescue by catching him in a quilt. The action moves with breathless frenzy. Mahy is a master at creating verse that is as light and airy as the baby’s bubble. Filled with lovely Briticisms, alliterative nonsense words, double, triple and internal rhymes, it’s meant to be read aloud—‘Again!’—and will lead both breathless readers and listeners to delighted giggles. The text floats across the pages in waves and arcs, and Dunbar’s joyous watercolor-and–cut-paper illustrations are wonderfully expressive, a visual treat moving apace with the text. A frothy, effervescent gift.”—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“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.”—Horn Book, STARRED review “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!”—School Library Journal, STARRED review “Mahy is clearly in love with language here, as she offers a text that flounces and bounces like the baby in the bubble. . . . Children will find their ears perking up at the tongue-twisting text, and they may become word lovers, too, after listening to this.”—Booklist  “An ebullient cocktail of sweetness and absurdity. . . . Readers-aloud will have as much fun as listeners with this frothy confection, so get ready to let that baby bounce.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Bubble Trouble 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
aakauff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A lively story of a baby set afloat by his older sister, the true gift of Bubble Trouble lies in its vibrant and tongue-tripping language. All of the townsfolk join the effort to get the wee one down¿¿they giggled and they goggled until all their brains were boggled¿ as they work together to find a solution. The cleverness of the language may detract from the story being told and, in the end, leave some readers feeling apathetic the fate of the baby in the bubble. Some words, presumably chosen for their appropriateness in the context of the rhyming scheme may be a bit advanced for young readers (¿cavil¿ and ¿nefarious,¿ for instance). Despite the sophisticated language, the bubbly text is ideal for a fun read aloud. Watercolor illustrations by Polly Dunbar are both utterly original in their collage-like detail and the ideal accompaniment to Mahy¿s text. For ages 2-8. Recommended.
mmwrigh3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
preschool- 1st grade. A good rhyming book. About a little boy who is trapped in a bubble and travels through a city with his mom and sister not far behind. Soon the entire town is trailing behind mom and sister curious about this baby floating around in a bubble. A bit challenging to read aloud, the rhyming can get a bit twisted. Cute illustrations. Multicultural.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good mentor text for teaching alliteration. This book is about a baby trapped in a bubble that floats around town with his sister and mother (along with others in the town) chasing after it. The text does get a little overwhelming at times and may give the reader a headache.
ASKier on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lovely cadence. Another great read-aloud, but the humor does not quite reach the level of DOWN THE BACK OF THE CHAIR. Beautiful illustrations.
Tara3 More than 1 year ago
This book is a Boston Globe-Horn Book award winner. I thought this book was just okay. It was defiantly funny and filled with tongue twisters and lots of fun for children to read. It was just a bit too much going on and filled with a lot of craziness around this bubble. But overall it was a good book to read. I would recommend this book to a bit older readers and those who can pronounce words easily and who have got their words down, or else this could be a bit discouraging for those who don't. It had a lot of big words that are not in everyday conversation or everyday reading words for younger readers. It is filled with fun and laughter that surrounds this baby in a bubble and the stuff he encounters along the way. The pictures where fun and colorful and would be a nice book for fun, adventure and imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought 2 copies of this book after hearing a review on NPR. I gave one to my niece (who is 6), who just loves it. Another niece, age 9, loves to read the book out loud, as it is filled with witty tongue twisters. Really a fun book to read and to enjoy with children of all ages.
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Girl123 More than 1 year ago
This book is so cute and funny that any child will enjoy it. It makes you laugh how much trouble a bubbles could cause. This will make a great gift.
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