by Julie Gribble
Illustrated by Lori Hanson
32 pages – ages 6+
Published by NY Media Works – 2013
Young lady Katy loves bubblegum (well, not just bubblegum, she loves blowing bubbles with the bubblegum). She banks boxes of beautiful bubblegum in her bedroom. Her parents aren’t as impressed with her habit. In fact, they banish her bubble blowing because of the ball they were invited to. Unbeknownst to Katy there was a backup bubble blower at the ball. When a bubble bursts and bespatters the Queen, Katy gets the blame. Will this kingdom ever believe the benefits of bubble blowing?
This is a pretty fun book to read. It has a lot of good writing, alliteration and puns aplenty! One of my favorite puns was when the queen banishes Katy from the kingdom for blowing a humongous bubble, her parents remark, outside of the castle - ”Clearly the Queen is blowing the situation out of proportion.” My favorite alliteration is when Katy gets the invitation to the castle - ”…court couriers carried a coveted communiqué…” It makes the story more fun to read. Some of the words will be hard for a little kid to read, but this book is an awesome read aloud! In fact when my mom was reading the book to Josie she did her best “Queen voice” which was kind of funny. I think I think the illustrations match the book magnificently. They are bright and detailed. Also, I think it is very cool that the author says The Bubblegum Princess was inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!