The Gumazing Gum Girl! Book 1 Chews Your Destiny

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Gabby Gomez loves to chew bubble gum even though her mother has warned her against it. It's not like she will turn into gum...except, that's exactly what happens! With her new, stretch-tastic powers Gabby can help save the day, but she will have to keep her gummy alter-ego a secret from her mother or else she'll find herself in a really sticky situation.

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Overview

Gabby Gomez loves to chew bubble gum even though her mother has warned her against it. It's not like she will turn into gum...except, that's exactly what happens! With her new, stretch-tastic powers Gabby can help save the day, but she will have to keep her gummy alter-ego a secret from her mother or else she'll find herself in a really sticky situation.

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Publishers Weekly
Mighty-Mega Ultra-Stretchy Super-Duper Extenda-Bubble Bubble Gum might sound a little over the top, but it’s Gabby Gomez’s favorite—she chews it constantly. After a series of catastrophes and a peanut-butter hair treatment, though, Gabby’s mother forbids gum outright. Driven to deceit, Gabby has a freak accident that turns her into a gum-based superhero, able to use her sticky powers to rescue snatched purses and retrieve dropped keys from storm drains. Tension builds as Mrs. Gomez comes perilously close to discovering Gabby’s secret gum-chewing life (signaled by the “DUN! DUN! DUN!” of impending doom). Stripped-down, stylized (and bubblegum-pink) cartoons take prominence in this funny first book in the Gum Girl series, allowing Montijo (The Halloween Kid) to depict action and signal emotions clearly. He concentrates on Gabby’s inner struggle, following her step by sticky step back to a law-abiding childhood (“Mom would be so proud of what I just did.... But I can’t even tell her. And it’s all because I haven’t been telling her the truth”). The Spanish-language endearments Gabby trades with her mother deepen the sense of the affection they share. Ages 4–8. (June)
From the Publisher
When a piece of "MIGHTY-MEGA ULTRA-STRETCHY SUPER-DUPER EXTENDA-BUBBLE BUBBLE GUM" combines with a low-hanging power line to produce a shock that completely coats Gabby Gomez in pink goo, she's worried about getting herself cleaned up before her mami finds her. On the way home, she stops a purse thief, in the process discovering that she's not covered in gum; instead, she's become Gum Girl, complete with sticky, elastic appendages that are perfect for saving the world. Gabby must discover how to hide her powers from her classmates and family (peanut butter turns her back to normal) and how to get them back so that she can stop planes from crashing (popping a bubble allows her to metamorphose). The chapter book-cum-graphic novel is an exploding format, and Montijo's tale fits right in, with lines of text alternating with full-page art that moves the story along with speech bubbles, comics-style omniscient narrations, and mood-setting sound effects (several chapters end with a dramatic "DUN! DUN! DUN!"). Montijo's thickly outlined and stylistically simple drawings are playful, pleasing, and easy to parse, making them a foil for the detailed text and rich vocabulary. The story is also lightly peppered with Spanish words, easily decoded from their context by non-speakers, bringing some diversity to a world populated mostly by characters like Babymouse and Captain Underpants. Gabby's also more gender-neutral than either of those, lacking the frills of the former and the potty humor of the latter, but she maintains the spunk of both. Her good heart and realistic struggles with her mom and classroom bullies make her eminently relatable, and her exuberant voice (she bursts into song when excited) makes her a welcome addition to the ranks of early-elementary superkids. A final "DUN! DUN! DUN!" sets Gum Girl up for future exploits. TA—BCCB

Chewing gum imbues a girl with gooey superpowers in this laugh-out-loud early chapter book. Gabby Gomez loves chewing gum, anyplace, anytime-even in her sleep. So when she wakes up with gum stuck in her hair, her mother decides she's had enough and outlaws the sticky substance. Poor Gabby doesn't mean to disobey her mother, but when she discovers a piece of MIGHTY-MEGA ULTRA-STRETCHY SUPER-DUPER EXTENDA-BUBBLE BUBBLE GUM, she can't resist. The special gum results in the biggest bubble ever, and when it pops, the outcome is not just a gum-covered girl, but one with sudden gummy superpowers. Gabby's new powers enable her to help people in need, but the price of hiding them from her mom is hard to bear. Using a successful blend of traditional prose, dialogue bubbles and bold-lined, black-and-white illustrations, Montijo delivers laughs all the way through, ensuring that the "moral" never hampers the fun. The one place Montijo stumbles is in the disappointing portrayal of class bully Natalie Gooch, a stereotypically large, boyish-looking girl; there are plenty of small "girly-girls" who are horrible bullies-let's see more of those. Perfectly paced and bursting with laughs, the tale will appeal to fans of humor and reluctant readers alike, who will identify with Gabby's sticky situation. (Fiction/graphic hybrid. 6-9)—Kirkus

Gr 9 Up Caught in a time loop, Ben and Maggie are forced to repeat the same two days over and over. Each loop ultimately ends with their cold-blooded murder at the hands of a ruthless killer. While Ben experiences only a strong sense of d j vu, Maggie can remember certain pieces of previous loops. Together the teens decide to tempt fate, alter the circuit, and avoid destiny, thus beginning a life-or-death roller-coaster ride where danger, intrigue, and suspense linger at every turn. Readers will root for the likable although superficial main characters as they try to take control of their lives. A strong and fast-paced plot drives this short but gripping time travel adventure. While there are some questionable moments and loose ends, this debut novel comes to a satisfying conclusion. Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY—SLJ

Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Gabby's mother has had enough. No more gum! This, of course, is a major tragedy for Gabby. She LOVES gum, more than almost anything in the world! When she sneakily indulges in just one piece of gum, catastrophe strikes, and Gabby transforms into Gum Girl, a superhero with the stretchy and sticky abilities of a chewed up, girl-shaped piece of gum. Montijo tells this straightforward story using many full-page illustrations. He integrates Spanish vocabulary into the story as well, primarily in the dialogue between Gabby and her mother. The illustrations are highlighted with the (very appropriate) color pink, and the jacket has a scratch-and-sniff effect on Gabby's pink, gum-flavored figure. The jacket also has a poster on the inside surface, making this a fun novelty gift for children who particularly enjoy gum. Although library users may not benefit from the scratch-and-sniff or poster effects on the jacket, this title is nevertheless a high interest eye-catching package for all ages. From the creator of Melvin Beederman, Gum Girl is a light-hearted superhero who early and reluctant young readers will enjoy. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Gabby Gomez loves to chew gum, even when she goes to bed. But one morning when her mom has to pick the stuff out of Gabby's hair with peanut butter, she bans her daughter's habit. Already feeling distressed while walking to school, Gabby discovers her last piece of a super-duper gum in her pocket. With it she blows the biggest bubble she's ever made, and it touches overhead wires. The bubble bursts, and Gabby is covered in the sticky stuff. She acquires some superpowers, though, including the ability to catch a purse thief and gaining the sobriquet "Gum Girl." But what will she tell her mother, and how will she get to school on time to avoid detention? The characters are one-dimensional, but the simple, entertaining story is easy to read, and the numerous illustrations are eye-catching. Children who like series such as Greg Trine's "Melvin Beederman, Superhero" (Holt) will easily be drawn into Gabby's world.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Kirkus Reviews
Chewing gum imbues a girl with gooey superpowers in this laugh-out-loud early chapter book. Gabby Gomez loves chewing gum, anyplace, anytime--even in her sleep. So when she wakes up with gum stuck in her hair, her mother decides she's had enough and outlaws the sticky substance. Poor Gabby doesn't mean to disobey her mother, but when she discovers a piece of MIGHTY-MEGA ULTRA-STRETCHY SUPER-DUPER EXTENDA-BUBBLE BUBBLE GUM, she can't resist. The special gum results in the biggest bubble ever, and when it pops, the outcome is not just a gum-covered girl, but one with sudden, gummy superpowers. Gabby's new powers enable her to help people in need, but the price of hiding them from her mom is hard to bear. Using a successful blend of traditional prose, dialogue bubbles and bold-lined, black-and-white illustrations, Montijo delivers laughs all the way through, ensuring that the "moral" never hampers the fun. The one place Montijo stumbles is in the disappointing portrayal of class bully Natalie Gooch, a stereotypically large, boyish-looking girl; there are plenty of small "girly-girls" who are horrible bullies--let's see more of those. Perfectly paced and bursting with laughs, the tale will appeal to fans of humor and reluctant readers alike, who will identify with Gabby's sticky situation. (Fiction/graphic hybrid. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423157403
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Gum Girl Novel Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 349,158
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

When Rhode Montijo (http://www.rhodemontijo.com/) was seven the children's book, HAROLD AND THE PURPEL CRAYON, by Crockett Johnson, was read to him and ever since then he has had a passion for stories. Montijo received a BFA in illustration from California College of Arts and Crafts in 1996, and though he was initially nervous about submitting his own work for publication, he was later involved in a car accident that changed his whole view on life and encouraged him to pursue his dream. CLOUD BOY is his first published children's book, and he has since published many works such as THE HALLOWEEN KID, and has illustrated Greg Trine's SUPERHERO series.

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  • Posted December 15, 2014

    My 10 year old is dyslexic and is a very reluctant reader.  She

    My 10 year old is dyslexic and is a very reluctant reader.  She not only did she read this book with no problems, but it held her interest.  Surprisingly, it also held my interest as I listened to her read.  I hope this author continues the Gum Girl series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    This is an excellent book for reluctant readers.  My 9 year old

    This is an excellent book for reluctant readers.  My 9 year old granddaughter who takes forever to finish 
    even the thinnest of books, finished this book in 2 days! What is even more amazing, she couldn't wait 
    to tell me about the story and she wants to read more Gum Girl stories. She thinks Gum Girl is really cool! It has a great story line, the illustrations are
    are nice and age appropriate.   I really hope this author writes more in this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    This book is adorable. My 8 year old daughter who has her share

    This book is adorable. My 8 year old daughter who has her share of reading issues read this book in 4 days! That is something she has never done. Its a great story line that does have illustrations in the book but it works well with the story. I hope he writes more in this series.

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