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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 ...

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Overview

"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?

A collection of humorous stories and poems featuring a baby flying in a bubble, a lovestruck crocodile, and a grandmother who is tired of winter.

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Editorial Reviews

Kristi Jemtegaard
Like [Mahy's] gleefully inflated Down the Back of the Chair, this new romp—about a tot who finds himself bobbing aloft in a baby-size bubble—is a launchpad for laughter…Polly Dunbar's illustrations, a cozy patchwork of ginghams, checks and chintzes enclosed in scribbly black pencil outlines and topped by outrageously expressive cartoon faces, are the perfect accompaniment for this freewheeling frolic.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Oh what trouble from little Mabel's bubble! Just reading the rollicking verses aloud is trouble enough, with all the alliteration of bubble bibble-boobling and a host of internal rhymes and word play. That blown bubble picks up the baby, who likes the wibble-wobble as it wafts him away. Mabel follows after him, as does frantic Mother and a succession of other local characters. The baby in the bubble drifts by the shops and then up in the air past the chapel steeple. As the chasers pile one on another in their attempt to reach the baby, rascally Abel climbs the steeple and shoots a pebble through the bubble. Luckily the crowd catches the baby in a safety net quilt, for a happy ending to the zany adventure. Dunbar's mix of watercolors and cut paper is a fine match for the catchy patter. The comic characters are loosely defined in line drawings that exaggerate the emotional response. The lines of text add to the action by frequently flowing in arches over the heads of the crowd or racing along the path beneath their feet. This is glorious nonsensical fun. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
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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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Gr 3-5-- Five preposterous stories and narrative poems depict some unusual domestic catastrophes and their creative solutions. ``Bubble Trouble'' deals with a bubble that wafts a baby up into the air until, finally, a pebble shot from a sling-shot (shades of Kahl's The Duchess Bakes a Cake Scribners, 1955; o.p.) brings the child to safety. Word play and alliteration make this nonsense verse a good read-aloud. In ``The Runaway Reptiles,'' an alligator and crocodile disguised as elderly grandparents by their caregivers meet over the back fence, fall in love, and elope. ``Hiccups'' tells, in lilting rhyme, about the transfer of a baby's hiccups to an unsuspecting granny. ``The Gargling Gorilla'' is another ludicrous tale of a young boy who is afraid of gorillas and imagines one hiding under the kitchen cupboard. Finally, ``The Springing Granny'' is a lighthearted verse about a woman who, in winter, creates her own tropical paradise until spring returns. Slight and contrived as these five pieces are, children who have mastered beginning readers may be tickled by the inventive words and zany situations. Sketchy line drawings in black-and-white look amateurish, but capture the craziness of the stories. Not a priority purchase, but harmless fun. --Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
Chris Sherman
Everyone needs a bit of nonsense every once in a while, and Mahy's particular brand of silliness is just "too good" to miss. Her humorous collection of poems and stories will have bold teachers and librarians as well as children wanting to perform and read aloud: "Little Mabel blew a bubble and it caused a lot of trouble-- / Such a lot of bubble trouble in a bibble-bobble way. / For it broke away from Mabel as it bobbed across the table, / Where it bobbled over Baby, and it wafted him away." After rambling hilariously for several more pages, Baby's poetic adventures end quite happily with his landing safely in a patchwork-quilt net. Mahy's other four selections are also lively and amusing, and her suitably droll pen-and-ink illustrations add to the general merriment.
Kirkus Reviews
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. (Picture book. 4-8)
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689505577
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Edition description: 1st United States ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted October 30, 2010

    Funny Story!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Best Children's Book (for parents, too!)

    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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  • Posted December 12, 2009

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    Great Story!

    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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