Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum

Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum

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 delighted with Megan McCarthy’s entertaining pictures and engaging fun facts as they learn the history behind the pink perfection of Dubble Bubble.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416979708
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 268,257
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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; Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse; and All That Trash. 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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"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.

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Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 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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SJKessel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
McCarthy, M. (2010). Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum. New York: Paula Wiseman.Appetizer: How exactly was bubble gum invented? Pop! tells the story of Walter Diemer, who devoted himself to developing bubble gum in the candy factory where he worked as an accountant. It took many attempts for Walter to finally get the formula right, to finally give the world bubble gum.I was entertained by this book on several counts: 1. It was a book about bubble gum. 2. The book does briefly allude to the history of regular chewing gum. 3. I was kind of reminded of a historical Willy Wonka. And that made me want to pair the book as a read aloud with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It could work, my friends, it could work. 4. The story emphasizes curiosity, perseverance and love of science. All excellent characteristics that I like to see in me picture stories.Having said that though, I didn't think the book was perfect. A sentence here or there felt clunky. While I understood that Walter's recipe was top secret (and still is) I wanted a few hints of which ingredients were involved in making bubble gum. I also hoped that the end pages would include a simple recipe that students could try. (But on that note, what a book will not provide, google will.)The illustrations really helped to maintain the book's sense of whimsy. They kind of provide a spoon full of sugar to help the knowledge be absorbed. But in a few ways, I did wish they were a little more old-school information book-y. First off, there is no portrait of Walter Diemer, not even in the fun facts last page. I wanted a photo! I also felt like the illustrations could have filled in some more historical details. That'd give students a reason to share at the pages longer.I also wanted to hear more about how Walter and the other first bubble gum chewers figured out how to blow bubbles. When I was a kid, it took me forever to finally manage to blow a bubble, and that was with knowledgeable bubble-makers giving me advice. I think I finally figured out how when I was in the seventh grade. I have no idea why it took me so long. Maybe I'm a little slow. I still can't tie a cherry stem in a knot or unwrap a Starburst candy with my tongue (unless I cheat a little)....Not that I've tried recently. Just saying.Dinner Conversation: "On a small street in Philadelphia in the 1920s, there was a factory owned by the Fleer family...Inside the factory, lots of gum and candy were made....""Ho hum. Gum wasn't that exciting. But what if gum chewers could blow bubbles? Now that would be something--a world full of bubble gum blowers!""But Walter didn't give up. Back to work he went! After many more months of adding this and that...(top secret ingredients he would never share!) Walter found what he was looking for."Tasty Rating: !!!
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
People have been chewing gum for centuries. But in the 1920s, the Fleer corporation thought it would be exciting to invent a gum that would allow people to blow bubbles. Various scientists tried and failed to do so. But an accountant at the corporation who had started to dabble in making a formula for bubble gum finally succeeded. This picture book is a great look at history and innovation through an object that most children are familiar with - bubble gum. The main text of the book contains actual quotes from Walter Diemer, the accountant who invented bubble gum. While the story is indeed condensed and made simple for young readers, I appreciate that it was written like an adult nonfiction book in that respect. Most of all, I think the book does an excellent job of showing children how hard work, diligence, and a little bit of luck can pay off - even if you are just a lowly accountant. Without being preachy at all, this book sends home an excellent message that anyone can succeed in the most unlikely of endeavors if they put their mind to it.The supplementary materials contain random facts about bubble gum, such as the record for the largest bubble is twenty-three inches! The trivia found in this section is sure to pique the interest of young readers. In general, this book has all the makings for a great read for children - and even adults.
mtofell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a short story on how Walter Diemer an accountant created bubble gum. It's full of interesting facts about the early history of chewing gum. Meghan McCarthy has created fun illustrations with the use of acrylic paint.
gdesano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a well written piece about the invention of bubble gum. The illustrations work really well with the captions, and the words are really witty and beautiful. Cute book
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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