When our narrator was a kid, he loved to chew bubblegum. Wherever he was, whatever he was doing, he had gum. Even when his teachers told him to spit it out, he had backup bubblegum. There was just one problem: when he forgot to take it out of his shirt, it messed up the laundry! His mom used to get angry, until one day she found him laying on the desert floor ... next to a rattlesnake with gum on his face. How did THAT happen?
Whether you're just looking for a fun story or a tall tale, this is a book that should be on your short list. Kids - especially boys - will love this one!
Our daughter picked this out because she thought it was funny that we had two books about chewing gum. She picked this one second because the snake on the cover scared her. She was glued on the story from the minute we opened the book ... counting the pieces of gum in our narrator's mouth, checking out the snake's teeth. After we finished reading, she wanted to go back and look at it again.
This is a great story. You are left in a quandry at the end: did it really happen? The illustrations are incredibly lifelike, and when you read the illustrator information in the back, it is easy to see why.
This is a story with the feel of a classic fable.
This is a great story for talking about the genres of storytelling, folktales, and tall tales. The illustrator information in the back is also great for explaining how images are made. It's a project kids might like to do themselves.
7 to 9
4 to 8
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Buy. This is a story that you'll enjoy together for a long time. The ending is such that you might change your mind every time you read it.