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  • Published: New York : Clarion Books, 2009.
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 37 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 1240

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780547074214
  • 0547074212

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Bubble trouble

by Mahy, Margaret.

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Where To Find It

Call number: E MAH

Available Copies: Downtown Youth PicBks, Malletts Youth Picture Books

Additional Details

Mabel blows a bubble that captures Baby and wafts him away, resulting in a wild chase that involves the whole neighborhood.

Community Reviews

Good for Dr. Seuss Fans

This book engages both my toddler and myself - this is definitely not a book the reader can sleepwalk through! The book is full of clever wordplay, rhymes, assonance, and straight-up tongue-twisters. We borrowed this book after we'd burned through a lot of Dr. Seuss with great success and my child is similarly interested, even though the author, while silly, is using her thesaurus instead of nonsense words. It's been a great addition to our reading shelf!


The wordplay is great, the text is fun to read aloud, and the story is ultimately reassuring.
If you have a toddler in your life, read this book.


The rhymes and rhythm of this story are magnificent. And it has a touch of silliness as you would expect from Margaret Mahy. Mabel blows a bubble that carries off her baby brother. How will he be rescued? Watch out for Abel:

But Abel, though a treble, was a rascal and a rebel,
fond of getting into trouble when he didn't have to sing.

His nefarious intentions and a pebble in his sling are counteracted by quick thinking on the part of Mabel, Tybal, Greville, and the jogger (christened Neville). How do they do it? You'll have to read the book to find out about what the people there still prattle (there is lots of tittle-tattle).

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