Children’s author Lisa Wheeler will be at the Oak Park Public Library on Thursday, March 30th at 4:30 PM. She will be reading from her book, Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum. If you have any questions, or would like to reserve a book beforehand, please call Book Beat at (248) 968-1190. This event is free and open to the public. The Oak Park Public Library is located at 14300 Oak Park Blvd. Oak Park, MI 48237.
In this rollicking tale, a blob of pink bubble gum melting in the middle of the road causes big trouble for five animals that get stuck in the “chewy-gooey icky-sticky” mess. Wheeler’s snappy rhyming verse, loaded with silly words and onomatopoeia, begs to be read aloud: “Yuck! Ew! The Shrew’s stuck, too! / Gooey shrew, gooey shrew / Pointy-nose-all-gluey shrew / Stomping, shouting ‘FOOEY!’ shrew / Can’t get loose.” The clever language is just part of the appeal of this well-designed picture book. Creative variations in size, style, and placement of text add visual excitement, as do the bold colors and patterns of Huliska-Beith’s acrylic-and-fabric collage illustrations. Wildly exaggerated expressions and body language enhance the slapstick nature of the story and provide plot clues for pre-readers who are paging through on their own.