Book reviews, Picture Books

Book Review: Bubble Trouble

Bubble TroubleBubble Trouble
by Margaret Mahy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I recently found this delightful picture book at our library, and we enjoyed it so much that I hated to give it back.

I asked my 5 year old what he thought of it, and he said, “I like it, but it’s hard to read!” Funny, since he doesn’t read at all yet. He probably said it because he watched me stumble through some of the sentences as I read aloud to him. But he also likes books that have some sort of refrain he can easily memorize and chant along, so he can feel like he’s reading, too:

“I do not like Green Eggs and Ham, I do not like them, Sam I am!”

Bubble Trouble may not have such a refrain, but there’s a good dose of silliness and reading it is pure fun. The story is about a baby who gets caught in a bubble, and floats up toward the sky. How can the baby be brought back to earth without harm?

Both the story itself and the frolicking rhyme are delightful. In fact, it is some of the best-written verse I’ve seen in a picture book in a long time.

Here’s a small example from page 12:

In a garden folly, Tybal and his jolly mother, Sybil,

sat and played a game of Scrabble, shouting shrilly as they scored.

But they both began to babble and to scrobble with the Scrabble

as the baby in the bubble bibble-bobbled by the board.

I’ll admit that I did stumble on occasion as I read it aloud. And my lips were rather numb by the time the poor baby was saved (oops – spoiler, there). But both my children and I immediately wanted to read it again when it was done.

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