Chavela and the Magic Bubble

Chavela and the Magic Bubble Cover

Chavela and the Magic Bubble

By Monica Brown; Magaly Morales (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547241975, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 3, 2010


Chavela loves chomping "chicle" chewing gum. And she loves blowing bubbles even more. One day, while out with her "abuelita, "she finds a mysterious kind of gum she's never seen before. She pops it in her mouth and blows a giant bubble that lifts her up into the air and carries her on a magical journey.

Luscious, candy-colored paintings illustrate this fantastical story with an ecological twist. An afterword provides information on natural chewing gum, the rainforest, and sustainable farming, as well as music to a traditional Latin American folksong.

About the Author
Monica Brown is the award-winning author of magical, multicultural books for children, including My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz (Luna Rising, 2004) and My Name is Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/Me llamo Gabriela: La vida de Gabriela Mistral (Luna Rising, 2005). My Name is Celia won the Americas Award for Children's Literature and was named a Pura Belpre Honor Book. When she is not writing, she teaches Latino/a literature at Northern Arizona University.

Magaly Morales's first book for Clarion was "A Pinata in a Pine Tree "by Pat Mora (Fall 2009). She also is the illustrator of "What Can You Do with a Paleta?, " and issister to the acclaimed artist Yuyi Morales. She lives in Mexico.

Praise For Chavela and the Magic Bubble

"Magic realism blends with rain-forest conservation in this picture book about a young Latina girl who travels, across time and space, from the U.S. to Mexico at the time when her grandmother grew up there...Kids will want to chew their own bubblegum as they listen to this exciting magical journey, handsomely illustrated in brilliantly colored double-page spreads."--Booklist

"Chavela, who loves chewing gum, buys a pack of "Magic Chicle," and the enormous pink bubble she blows propels her over the jungles of the Yucatan...Morales's luminous acrylics in rich, candy hues infuse it with a homespun magic."--Publishers Weekly