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Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum

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by Meghan McCarthy
 

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Gum. It’s been around for centuries—from the ancient Greeks to the American Indians, everyone’s chewed it. But the best kind of gum—bubble gum!—wasn’t invented until 1928, when an enterprising young accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy used his spare time to experiment with different recipes. Bubble-blowing kids everywhere will be

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Gum. It’s been around for centuries—from the ancient Greeks to the American Indians, everyone’s chewed it. But the best kind of gum—bubble gum!—wasn’t invented until 1928, when an enterprising young accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy used his spare time to experiment with different recipes. Bubble-blowing kids everywhere will be delighted with Megan McCarthy’s entertaining pictures and engaging fun facts as they learn the history behind the pink perfection of Dubble Bubble.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Walter Diemer, an accountant with the Fleer chewing gum company, slowly begins experimenting with ingredients, trying to create bubblegum. One batch is a near miss—his co-workers happily blow bubbles, but “the next day the mixture was as hard as a rock.” But with time, “top secret ingredients,” and the now classic pink coloring, he finally nails it: at a mom-and-pop store, kids blow bubbles for the first time. McCarthy’s thickly painted acrylic cartoons create an expressive 1920s backdrop with bug-eyed characters dressed in the era’s fashions. A closing section supplies numerous facts about gum. Unlike its subject matter, this history lesson is easily digestible. Ages 4-8. (May)
From the Publisher
"A sweetly told, worthy tale—the world needs more heroes like Walter." - KIRKUS
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum
"Picture books make the perfect introduction to some subjects. "Pop!" will tell young readers all they need to know about the reinvention of one of history's most popular treats, and the witty drawings tell the rest." --New York Times, August 15th 2010.
Pop!
"What a good idea for a book! Kids who enjoy blowing gum bubbles may never have considered how the treat came to be, but here, in easy language and with amusing illustrations, McCarthy changes that." --BOOKLIST
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
People blowing bubbles with bubble gum grace the cover of this book that is well-written in a simple fashion to explain the birth of bubble gum. A limited amount of text offers readers the complete story of the creation of a new kind of gum. The tale begins with the introduction of Walter Deimer, an accountant in a chewing gum and candy factory, before backtracking to present the history of peoples like the Greeks, Native Americans, and early settlers who chewed gummy substances. Informative text then gets back to Walter and weaves the interesting story of how he experimented to create a new gum long after his boss had given up. His final product made its way to a store the day after Christmas in 1927 and people have been blowing pink bubbles with his creation ever since. Text is engaging and educational without being didactic. In addition, short sentences and lively illustrations work well together. Detailed end matter includes more about Walter Deimer, several facts about gum, a photo of children selling gum in the early twentieth century, and a photo of Post Alley gum deposits. This book that contains much nonfiction matter has the appeal of a fictional tale. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—This picture-book biography of the inventor of bubblegum is equal parts informative and entertaining. With appropriately simple but engaging prose, McCarthy relates how accountant Walter Diemer began "playing with different mixtures" in the late 1920s at the candy factory where he worked and eventually discovered a gum that bubbled. Judicious use of the inventor's own words helps to convey his enthusiastic personality. Along with Diemer's story, the author also covers a bit of gum history, the trial-and-error of invention, and the excitement that comes with a successful final product, all with just the right level of detail. Appealing acrylic cartoon illustrations fill this snippet of history with a sense of fun. The prominent curves of smiling faces and circular eyes and heads stand out against heavy lines and angles to fill each scene with playfulness that matches the subject. Rich colors capture the lighthearted joy of bubble blowers, both old and young, while contrasting darker tones reflect the drama of the inventor's lab work. A closing spread offers further information about Diemer's life, more fun facts about gum, and a full list of sources. Although the man will be unfamiliar to young readers, they know his invention well, and will appreciate his unexpected but well-earned success. McCarthy's on-target presentation makes this a strong choice for elementary biography assignments, booktalking, or just plain nonfiction fun.—Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews
Bubble gum is inherently fascinating (especially when you get it in your hair), so a history of the subject should have a foot up, and McCarthy comes through with flying colors-appropriately candy colors, at that, along with cartoonish, bubble-eyed characters set against atmospheric backdrops. With minimal text, the breezy narrative charts bubble gum's progress: As the Roaring Twenties careen toward the Depression, the Fleer family of candy-makers is looking for a way to jazz up plain old gum and light a fire under their flagging profits. There is evidence that gum chewing goes back to when we lived in caves (in Sweden, where we apparently chomped on birch resin), but some bright apple at Fleer's thought blowing bubbles with the stuff was the way to go. The author zeroes in on the work of the firm's accountant, Walter Diemer, in tweaking the recipe until he got it right. This is fun stuff, fleshed out in greater detail in two pages of merry endnotes. A sweetly told, worthy tale-the world needs more heroes like Walter. (Informational picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416979708
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
164,664
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"A sweetly told, worthy tale—the world needs more heroes like Walter." - KIRKUS

"What a good idea for a book! Kids who enjoy blowing gum bubbles may never have considered how the

treat came to be, but here, in easy language and with amusing illustrations, McCarthy changes that." —BOOKLIST

"Picture books make the perfect introduction to some subjects. "Pop!" will tell young readers all they need to know about the reinvention of one of history's most popular treats, and the witty drawings tell the rest." —New York Times, August 15th 2010.

Meet the Author

Meghan McCarthy is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs; Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton; Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum; City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male; and Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at Meghan-McCarthy.com.

Meghan McCarthy is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Greenwood Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs; Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton; Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum; City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male; and Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at Meghan-McCarthy.com.

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Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
This picture book is sure to please the younger crowd. The large color photos tell the story beautifully along with the text.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very short. Im in third grade and was surprised. This is ok for little kids but dont get it for school.
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I hate it when I read the reveiws and people tell like the whole story so if you read my reveiw do not do that if read yours find out you read mine and find out who you are I am going to kick your BUTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Author/artist Meghan McCarthy used bold acrylic paints to illustrate her informative story of bubble gum. While kids love what is often a pink square of gum used to chew, blow and pop bubbles, very few mw know its history. Now, thanks to McCarthy they can learn how difficult it was to invent. Our story begins in a factory owned by the Fleer family during the 1920s. This family made large quantities of gum and candy. One employee was Walter Diemer, an accountant who could easily balance a budget but knew very little about gum. As time passed the office next door to Diemer's became a laboratory occupied by technicians trying to make a new gum. The thought was that gum wasn't really very exciting, "But what if gum chewers could blow bubbles? Now that would be something - a world full of bubble gum blowers!" The technicians didn't have much luck and Fleer was about to give up his idea when Walter was asked to watch a kettle holding a gum experiment. Well, Walter became fascinated - he didn't know what he was doing but he spent a great deal of time "playing with different mixtures." You guessed it - he finally found a mixture that bubbled and popped! POP! THE INVENTION OF BUBBLE GUM also includes a history of chewables, a bio of Walter Diemer, and facts about gum. For instance, who chewed the most gum in 2006? Kids? No! College educated women in their thirties. Young readers can certainly relate to this book's subject and may well enjoy knowing how one of their favorite treats came to be. - Gail Cooke