Big Bad Bubble
Big Bad Bubble

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Annotation: With gentle prodding from the narrator and help from the reader, four monsters are led to face their greatest fear, bubbles.
Catalog Number: #138912
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2014
Illustrator: Salmieri, Daniel,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-544-92782-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-97196-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-544-92782-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-97196-7
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2013020243
Dimensions: 26 x 28 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
When bubbles appear in La La Land, the monsters that live there are terrified. With great patience (and humor) the narrator urges them to face the bubbles rather than running away--after all, they have sharp fangs and claws. Detailed illustrations on black backgrounds show panicked, silly-looking beasts ultimately conceding: bubbles might not be dangerous, but...what about butterflies? A clever, deadpan conquering-fears story.
Kirkus Reviews
La La Land is populated by scaredy-cat monsters. According to the narrator, when bubbles pop, they reappear in La La Land, home of some remarkably uninspired-looking (and -named) monsters. Monsters who are terrified of bubbles. A bubble-gum bubble once popped on the face of a monster named Mogo, and his subsequent fright is the rather weak basis for the collective monster bubblephobia. As Mogo attempts to spread comical misinformation about bubbles, the narrator (who speaks to both the characters and readers) instructs readers to ignore him. A pace-crushing spread of haphazard facts about La La Land comes across as filler to bring this very slight effort up to 32 pages. In the end, the narrator convinces the monsters to face their fears using their fearsome physical qualities. Salmieri does his best, placing hairy, toothy monsters against a black background; a monster called Wumpus looks a little like Sendak's horned Wild Thing. The final illustration, with the three smaller monsters astride their larger friend fleeing in apparent terror from a monarch butterfly, may be the funniest part of this book. The book's potential utility in helping children cope with irrational fears is undermined by its absence of a credible story. (Picture book. 4-7)
Publishers Weekly
In this outing from the team behind Dragons Love Tacos and the Those Darn Squirrels books, lumpy, hairy monsters learn to handle their terror of bubbles, delivering a rollicking (but rational) examination of fear vs. reality. Wait-terror of bubbles? Well, yes. Mogo, an attention-loving monster, has been spreading misinformation about how bloodthirsty bubbles are. -Summer is the worst time for bubbles,- he says knowledgeably. -That-s when they go into a feeding frenzy.- Rubin-s voice-over narrator counsels Yerburt, Froofle, and Wumpus through their anxiety, coaching them, therapist-style, through their first encounter with actual bubbles: -Froofle, climb down from that tree. Look at your claws. You have pointy claws.- -Go on, Wumpus. You can do it.- Wumpus has big horns, and the bubble explodes as he summons his courage and pops it: -Kaboom!- Salmieri-s pen-and-ink lines give unexpected delicacy to the story; the monsters- furry coats, painted in warm shades of gold, yellow, and red, stand out theatrically against the black backdrops. Whether readers will take the hint about unreasonable fears, they-ll be back for giggle-fueled rereadings. Ages 4-8. Illustrator-s agent: Rebecca Sherman, Writers House. (May)

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2&12; Due to a long-ago mishap with gum, Mogo convinces his fellow wacky monsters living in the darkness of La La Land that bubbles that pop in from the human world are treacherous. According to Mogo, bubbles are sneaky and travel in packs and that in summer, they "go into a feeding frenzy." Luckily, the narrator convinces Yerburt, Froofle, Wumpus, and Mogo to use their fangs, claws, and horns to dispatch the threatening orbs. They celebrate by chewing bubble gum, popping bubble wrap, and taking a bubble bath. With one crisis averted, troublemaking Mogo debuts his book The Truth About Butterflies . Salmieri's cartoon figures in watercolor, pen, and ink burst across murky backgrounds that mix the fanciful and the bizarre. The fearful Wild Thing&12;like monsters are comically depicted, and their problems are resolved with perfect pacing. This pair also collaborated on three "Those Darn Squirrels" (Clarion) books and will gain even more fans with this book.&12; Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Word Count: 377
Reading Level: 2.1
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.1 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 166304 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 480L

An ordinary bubble may seem pretty harmless to you. To the monsters of La La Land, however, a fragile, shimmering bubble is an object of terror, and when the frightening habits of bubbles are detailed by a fear-mongering monster, Yerbert, Froofle, and Wumpus run away and cry. But with encouragement from the narrator and readers, the three monsters learn to confront their fears and triumph over bubbles! An original, offbeat, and funny take on conquering fears from the New York Times best-selling team behind Those Darn Squirrels! and Dragons Love Tacos .

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