Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum
Lisa Wheeler & Laura Huliska-Beith
Little, Brown & Co., 2004 (2004)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
t's a cross between
Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby
There Was an Old Woman
(the unfortunate one who swallowed the fly) set to rap. But instead of sticky tar, we have '
Chewy-gooey bubble gum, / Icky-sticky bubble gum / Melting in the road.
' What happens? '
Along comes a toad ...
' and a myriad of other critters of course, all cross after getting stuck.
isa Wheeler's verses have rhythm, their energy sizzles, and Laura Huliska-Beith's illustrations rock. That patch of pink bubble gum soon pulls in a toad, a shrew, a goose, a bee, and a crow. And, instead of Brer Fox, they're endangered by '
a big, blue truck
' and '
a big-bottomed bear
'. Their narrow escapes are engineered by fast chewing and a big dose of luck.
ubble Gum, Bubble Gum
is joy to read from start to finish. Its catchy lines will linger on the tip of your tongue - this one's a winner!
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