Bubblegum Delicious

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This boisterous collection of schoolyard and street rhymes surprises the reader at every turn of the page, veering from silly, bouncy rhymes to poignant bedtime verse. The illustrated adventures of a boy, his beloved dog, and a winsome collection of bugs create cohesion and a satisfying visual narrative.

An illustrated collection of twenty-four nonsense poems on a variety of topics.

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Overview

This boisterous collection of schoolyard and street rhymes surprises the reader at every turn of the page, veering from silly, bouncy rhymes to poignant bedtime verse. The illustrated adventures of a boy, his beloved dog, and a winsome collection of bugs create cohesion and a satisfying visual narrative.

An illustrated collection of twenty-four nonsense poems on a variety of topics.

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Editorial Reviews

Horn Book
The deep inventiveness, wit, and poignancy of Lee's poetry . . . reign in these poetic adventures of the imagination.
Children's Literature
Each brief poem covers a subject familiar to children, from friends and movies to spider webs, bullies and dreams. Many have a humorous touch, from the point of view of a young boy and his dog. The verses read aloud should both hold interest and stir imagination. McPhail's imagination is already at work as he sees an elephant as an "old friend" or a space creature as the chauffeur of a rocket ship on Saturday afternoon. The watercolor-tinted, scratchy drawings are bursting with the joy of childhood and replete with a mad collection of wacky bugs. Several poems are set around the pages in odd places and small type for added discovery-fun. 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-As in Lee's The Ice Cream Store (Scholastic, 1992), these 32 poems offer lots of rhythm and rhyme, but many of them chart deeper emotional waters. "The Question" is one of several on friendship. "-Or if I knew the way to heaven/The names of night, the taste of seven/-Would you come and be my friend?/-The names of night cannot be known,/The way to heaven cannot be shown./-But still I want you for my friend." This is balanced with a celebration of gross fun on the facing page with "Goober and Guck." Several poems depict nature with striking imagery, such as "The Spider's Web": "The sun upon a spider's web/Makes jewels in the air,/As though the light was tangled up/In someone's windy hair." Pretend play is celebrated in "The Rocking Chair" and "The Mighty Hunters." McPhail's illustrations are filled with light, color, shadows, whimsy, and detail; they handsomely fill most pages and enhance the poems' rich imagery, solemnity, and silliness. On almost every page, a blond boy is accompanied by his small dog and a large, boldly colored insect, inviting a personal response to the deeply felt poems. The deftly shaped images in these poems reward multiple readings with a celebration of childhood, friendship, and life.-Laura Scott, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
ALA Booklist
“There’s something to please nearly every child in this imaginative collection.”
Horn Book (starred review)
“The deep inventiveness, wit, and poignancy of Lee’s poetry . . . reign in these poetic adventures of the imagination.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062313478
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dennis Lee is celebrated internationally for his award-winning books for both children and adults. Among his best-loved titles are Alligator Pie, Jelly Belly, The Ice Cream Store, and Garbage Delight.

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