bubble trouble

August 13, 2011

books for kids

When I came across the poem Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy a few years ago, I thought it would make a lovely picture book.

And now it is.

I wasn’t sure whether the children at playgroup would be able to sit through a reading of the whole book. Twenty-two pages of dense, tongue-twisting text. I had a back-up book in case they looked like they weren’t going to sit for long enough.

I needn’t have worried. The children and parents sat with eyes wide and mouths slightly open, as the story tells of a baby caught in a bubble bobbling all over town.

“The baby didn’t quibble. He began to smile and dribble,
For he liked the wibble-wobble of the bubble in the air.
But Mabel ran for cover as the bubble bobbed above her,
And she shouted out for Mother who was putting up her hair.”


Many colourful characters join in the rabble as they follow the baby in the bubble.

Lots of anticipation, cleverly worded rhyme, and rhythm.

Baby has to get down somehow. How will it happen and what will become of him?

Never fear, rascally rebel Abel with his pebble and sling is on hand to treble the trouble.

The kids at playgroup breathed a sigh of relief at the end.

Bubble Trouble, written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Polly Dunbar, 2011, Tien Wah Press.

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14 Comments on “bubble trouble”

  1. phrogmom Says:

    sounds like a really cute book!


  2. Team Oyeniyi Says:

    Sounds a bit young for my lot, but I love it! Sounds really musical!


    • hakea Says:

      Hi Robyn

      The author, Margaret Mahy is a Kiwi.

      Mmmm it depends – if your kids need a bit of a boost with English language learning, then it’s probably a book they would enjoy without the stigma of being a “baby’s book”. Lots of tricky words, and rhyme is one of the best things for literacy.

      Good for reading to grandkids too!


  3. InsideJourneys Says:

    Aaah, to be young again!
    Cute story. I can see why they’d be enthralled.
    And I love that you had a backup book.


  4. Yulia Says:

    Looks interesting 🙂 Really want to try to find this book either in the book shop or library..



  5. countingducks Says:

    My children are too old now but it sounds a lovely book


  6. eof737 Says:

    What a wonderful book. I remember it well and the colorful cast of characters inside. 🙂 TY for bringing back a memory of great childhood reads. 🙂


  7. phrogmom Says:

    i awarded you the liebster award for your blog! details are on mine! ❤ laura


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