January 27, 2011

Bubble Trouble

"Little Mabel blew a bubble, and it caused a lot of trouble...
Such a lot of bubble trouble in a bibble-bobble way."

Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy is a tongue-twisting tale of a runaway bubble that causes nothing but trouble as it carries Mabel's baby brother away.  Mabel and her frantic mother chase the bubble all over as the baby bounces high above the town.  One by one the townspeople join in the pursuit, trying to come up with a solution to the baby bubble predicament..."they giggled and they goggled until all their brains were boggled."  Finally, the wicked boy Abel, "a rascal and a rebel" unintentionally saves the day with a sling and a pebble.

The use of playful rhyme and alliteration throughout the story make this tongue-twisting tale a delight to read.  The watercolor and cut paper illustrations by Polly Dunbar are whimsical and enchanting, much like the text.  So the next time you want to give your tongue a tickle, give Bubble Trouble a try.

1 comment:

  1. I'll have to check this one out - it sounds great!