Publication Date: September 1, 2009
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There's nothing to do.
Ruben is bored.
But things start looking up when his grandmother gives him and his little brother some gum.
Gum is fun. There's just one problem with gum--it tends to make a mess
Uh-oh. . . .
Matthew Cordell has illustrated several picture books, including Toby and the Snowflakes by Julie Halpern, Righty and Lefty by Rachel Vail, and Mighty Casey by James Preller. Trouble Gum is his first book as author and illustrator. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his lovely wife, adorable daughter, and their generally well-mannered cat.
Packs plenty of pop.
Working with a stripped-down palette of black, white, red and bubblegum pink, Cordell's (Mighty Casey) first solo effort evokes irrepressible boyhood with laughs throughout.
The simple story line and liberal use of white space open plenty of opportunities for Cordell's winsome art to generate laughs. Even better are the sound effects bouncing around each page, from the "smak smak smik smak" of chewing to the "shuff . . . uff . . . whuff" of bubble blowing. A few understated sibling notes sneak into the minimal presentation as well, making this book more than just a pure giggle-maker.