With a poetic, rhyming text, a silly story, and cheerful artwork, this Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winning picture book is a must-have for paperback collections. A perfect read-aloud for story time from internationally acclaimed author Margaret Mahy.
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|Library of Congress
||Stories in rhyme, Humorous stories, Board books, Bubbles
Description of this Book
A frothy, effervescent gift. - Kirkus Reviews, starred review Little Mabel blew a bubble and it caused a lot of trouble- / Such a lot of bubble trouble in a bibble-bobble way./ For it broke away from Mabel as it bobbed across the table, / Where it bobbled over Baby, and it wafted him away. Ebullient rhymes, joyful illustrations, and a village full of delightful characters, now in a paperback edition. Winner of the 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book!
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||<p> Mabel blows a bubble that envelops her baby brother, gently wafting him all over the village, causing shock and excitement among the population. Chrysta and Greville Gribble, Tybal and his mother Sybil, the crabby Copples, feeble Mrs. Treeble and Canon Dapple come up with an improbable plan to catch the bubbled baby. Meanwhile, mischievous rebel Abel bursts the bubble with his slingshot and the villagers gallantly come to the rescue by catching him in a quilt. The action moves with breathless frenzy. Mahy is a master at creating verse that is as light and airy as the baby's bubble. Filled with lovely Briticisms, alliterative nonsense words, double, triple and internal rhymes, it's meant to be read aloud--'Again!'--and will lead both breathless readers and listeners to delighted giggles. The text floats across the pages in waves and arcs, and Dunbar's joyous watercolor-and-cut-paper illustrations are wonderfully expressive, a visual treat moving apace with the text. A frothy, effervescent gift. -- Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review Bubble, bubble, tongue-twisting trouble! When Mabel blows a bubble, it causes a bit of trouble--in the inimitable Mahy way. The rhythm and rhyme of her newest exuberant offering has echoes of the 'bibble-bubble-babble' of her older 17 Kings and 42 Elephants (rev. 9/87) with added tongue-stumbling internal rhymes to keep even the most accomplished storyteller on her toes. Little Mabel's bubble surrounds Baby and takes him on an adventure of amazing heights. The whole town is alarmed as the bobbling bubble floats farther astray, but happy Baby is comfortably enthralled with his bird's-eye view of the commotion. Dunbar's cut-paper and watercolor full-page illustrations are entirely faithful to the lively tale. Every little detail of this raucous story is depicted in the dramatic spreads--a good thing, as the words are a pleasant stretch for lap listeners. Who wouldn't love the sound of nefarious, cavorting, grapple, and the like trip
Internationally acclaimed children's author Margaret Mahy received many honors during her lifetime (1936-2012), including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, and citations from the American Library Association. She was from New Zealand. Polly Dunbar lives in Brighton, England. She also illustrated Margaret Mahy's The Man from the Land of Fandago.