Friday, September 10, 2010

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

McCarthy, Meghan. 2010. Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum tells the improbable story of bubble gum and its inventor, young Walter Diemer, an accountant in a 1920s Philadelphia chewing gum factory. Walter's boss had given up on the idea of a gum that could make bubbles,
But Walter hadn't.  He spent months playing with different mixtures.  Finally something was happening!  Bubbles!  Big, glorious bubbles!
Using simple text and colorful, simple artwork, McCarthy infuses a bubbly, buoyant flavor to Pop!  The illustrations range from ancient Greeks with gum in their cheeks, to a double-spread collection of joyous, bug-eyed, hand-holding, bubble-blowers from across the globe!

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum is a delicious mix of nonfiction and fun!  (Don't let all the fun fool you, it's well-researched too!)

Browse inside Pop!

Thanks to Rasco from RIF for pointing out Pop!
Rasco from RIF's review.

A personal note, Walter Diemer's invention, Dubble Bubble is my absolute favorite!  I chew at least 3 pieces at a time and one of my peculiar talents is that I can blow a bubble inside a bubble.  But alas, despite years of practice, I still cannot snap my gum.

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