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Bubble Trouble [Hardcover]

Margaret Mahy , Polly Dunbar
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April 6 2009
"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?

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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

About the Author

Margaret Mahy lived in New Zealand and was internationally acknowledged as one of the most outstanding children’s writers of her day. She was the author of more than two hundred books for children of all ages, two of which received England's Carnegie Medal and others of which have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association. She was also the recipient of an Order of New Zealand, the highest honor a citizen can receive. In 2006 she receivd the Hans Christian Andersen award for her contributions to international children's literature.


Polly Dunbar is the author and illustrator of Penguin, Dog Blue, and Flyaway Katie (all published by Candlewick). She is also the illustrator of Margaret Mahy's Down the Back of the Chair. She studied illustration at Bright Art School and now lives and works in Brighton, England. 

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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite! April 20 2014
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
Got this from the library and loved it so much we ordered it for our own! A great rhyming story with rhythmic wording :) Recommended 100%
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Aug. 13 2013
By Dan
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
It's a good book, but it's hard to keep the kids entertained with it because it is a little difficult to read and keep the rythm. The rhymes used are pretty complex for a childrens book. Great story, but the kids were losing interest as whoever reads it seems to have to really focus on reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read July 12 2013
By Andrea
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
I like this book. It is one big tongue twister. I also enjoy the illustrations. I think my 5 month old son enjoys the rhythm and rhymes, as he stares at me the entire time I read it. My husband tried to read it once, got all twisted and gave up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and fun! Nov. 2 2011
Format:Hardcover
Oh, what a lovely book. I read it to my five-year old grandson, and we both laughed at the delightful story and the clever, clever use of rhymes. Our favourite line (and I hope I'm remembering this correctly - I've only read the book once) was "treble Abel tripled trouble with a pebble". The pictures reflect the story beautifully.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  54 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of those superb, exuberant books that only comes around once in a great while! Horn Book Award Winner 2009 June 27 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars are bubbles really trouble? June 15 2009
By Melissa Sack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful rhythm & rhymes Nov. 9 2009
By SMC - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Our absolute favorite for reading aloud. Jan. 19 2012
By Juniecat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
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"?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 star rating!!!!! Oct. 11 2009
By L. Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
My goodness, this was the MOST challenging but definately one of the most fun books I've ever read to my daughters. It is such a clever story and the tongue-twisting sentences made us giggle throughout the entire book. I am sooo impressed and would give it a higher rating if I could.
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