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It's raining.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. . . ....

Title : Trouble Gum
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ISBN : 9780312387747
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Trouble Gum Reviews

  • Erin Reilly-Sanders
    2018-10-05 09:07

    I picked this one up because I thought the pictures looked great, and they do, but unfortunately I've seen them before in Ian Falconer's Olivia. While they are certainly not copied, the expressive and limited line drawings accented with washes of red and pink have already been done. Unfortunately this execution of that idea is fun but when compared with the first book, are not as good. Here Cordell needs more lines to describe his scenes and characters as well as an extra tint, with the pigs requiring a peachier tone. If the comparison, also prompted by the presence of naughty pigs in the plot, did not downplay the quality of the illustrations, I would consider them rather good. The story, on the other hand, leaves me scratching my head. The moral seems to be that parents shouldn't allow their children to play with gum because it makes a mess- not a fun idea for either children or parents. It also seemed to move rather slowly to end up with such an odd, unfinished-feeling ending.

  • Carrie
    2018-10-01 06:03

    This is one of my kids all time favorite books. It is a very funny read, and you have to do some acting and really commit to the characters. (We pronounce Julius in German, I think it really fits personally) Not on mom's blanket! Get's them every time- I love the minimalism and the details like " Super-slow- motion- " GUM! Kid and Mom approved!

  • midnightfaerie
    2018-10-18 04:01

    A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.

  • Michele Knott
    2018-10-08 01:58

    Oh the trouble you can get in with gum! Young children will laugh at the trouble Reuben gets into when he chews his gum, blows bubbles, stretches his gum, and of course, swallows his gum.

  • Kennedy Braun
    2018-10-02 03:56

    Ruben, a little pig, is bored doing nothing while his mother knits a blanket for his brother Julius. To try and pass the time, Ruben and Julius play in the house. The problem is that the boys play too loud. To try and quiet the boys, their mother gives them gum. She instructs the boys not to play with or swallow the gum. Unfortunately, Ruben swallows his shortly after receiving it. So, their mother gives him another. With his second piece, Ruben plays with the gum and eventually gets it everywhere. This results in both boys having to take a bath. Responsibility is a major theme in this book.I enjoyed this text not only for the story, but for the intriguing illustrations. The author, who is also the illustrator, used his artistic talent to enhance the text. On some pages, he draws the text in a way that is unique to what is happening on the page. This caught my eye and created a fun read.I would recommend this book because of the lessons it teaches about following directions. The piglets learn that they have to follow instructions in order to have fun and not get in trouble. The book presents this message in a fun and light way that will not be a scary lesson for students.

  • Kathryn Bergeron
    2018-10-12 03:16

    It was fine. (a) I think that bubble gum is gross. (2) I know that the moral of the story is to do what your parent's tell you, but it's kind of veiled. The moral might be, don't get caught chewing bubble gum.

  • Cassie
    2018-09-29 07:54

    As a child, I had a wonderful grandma who my brothers and I affectionately referred to as Grandma Chewing Gum. Whenever we saw Grandma Chewing Gum, we were certain to get a piece of Wrigley's Spearmint gum which she kept safe in her refrigerator (I'm not sure the reason behind that). Little did I realize then that it was probably a ploy to help keep us quiet. It worked - we loved to chew that gum.So is the case for Ruben Figgs. It's raining and he's bored, so what does his grandma do? Give Ruben and his little piglet brother Julius each a piece of gum. Mom is not too thrilled and the rules of gum chewing are reiterated, but alas, throughout the book, Ruben ends up breaking every rule. Cute, fun story that will produce lots of giggles (and a need to run to the store to pick up some gum). Great to share one on one, though the images are too small for a storytime group. Speaking of the illustrations - they are driving me crazy! The style reminds me of someone, but I can't place who: Roald Dahl perhaps? Or William Steig? I like them, don't get me wrong, it is simply that every time I look at the book I think "I should know these images. I've seen them before. Where are they from?"

  • Maureen
    2018-09-28 08:03

    I read another book by Matthew Cordell and really enjoyed it so I decided to read this story as well. It was another hit! Ruben is the big (pig) brother and he is bored one rainy day. Grammy decided that gum will help keep Ruben out of trouble, but it is just the beginning of the trouble. As Ruben show his younger brother Julius what he can do with gum, he gets into more and more mischief. This is the story for any little one who just seems to keep getting into more and more trouble no matter how hard they try to be careful. The pen and water-color illustrations provide just the right amount of detail for the reader to understand the emotions of each character on each page. While Ruben is the main character, I especially loved (and understood) the expressions of his Mother on each page. The end papers accurately depict the beginning and the ending of this delightful book.

  • Jane Huynh
    2018-09-20 02:09

    don't know how to rate this book but i will say the illustrations are BEAUTIFUL!! i love the watercolors. i love the pink-grey color palette we got goin on. i love the text and fonts. the story was alright.. not the best but kept my 5 year old sister engaged. overall i just thought i'd jot down a quick review bc the illustrations are sososo great!!

  • J-Lynn
    2018-10-16 06:03

    A bored little piggy who is stuck inside because of rain, plays with his brother. After he is too loud and distracting, grandma gives the piglets gum. The gum turns into several messy disasters. But, the relationship between the brothers is the most interesting part in the book. The little brother seems innocent, but he is quite the little mischevious piggy.The illustrations are ink and water color. They are simple and only take up a small portion of each large white page. The pictures show four colors--black, gray, pink, and red. But, instead of being boring, the stark pictures create a fun story and help develop the personalities of the two little (literally) pigs.

  • Holly
    2018-10-19 06:13

    Ruben is bored on a rainy day, so his mom and Grammy suggest he play with his little brother, Julius. Ruben is much more rambunctious than serious and quiet Julius, so their mom asks Ruben to be quieter. Finally, after more requests for Ruben to settle down, Grammy has an idea to give them gum, and that's when the real trouble begins! Such cute little characters, and Cordell captures the funniest expressions in such seemingly simple drawings. Kids will have great fun with the onomatopeoia throughout the book.

  • Laura
    2018-10-17 07:06

    Two young pigs are bored, bored, bored. When their grandmother offers them some gum, she clearly explains the rules. Well, pigs will be pigs and the gum ends up being a problem. A funny story about two pigs who have a hard time following the rules. Recommended for Kindergarten through second grade. For some reason, my school library has this shelved in fiction instead of in the everybody section. It is a longer picture book, but the style, language, and plot are appropriate for my younger readers.

  • Liz Todd
    2018-09-30 01:10

    This was a fun one to sit and read together on the couch. Reuben is bored. Thankfully, Grandma gives him a piece of gum--with some very clear restrictions from mom. Reuben disobeys mom's rules one at a time and all kinds of fun ensues. Loved the pictures in this one, although they would not be good for a read aloud at school. There is too much happening and the drawings are small. Still, loved exploring the pictures and inferring what was "really" happening through discussion with my own kids. Very cute.Best part: Got a great giggle from my 3yo on the last page! What a mess!!

  • Cindy
    2018-10-19 05:15

    So funny! I wish the pictures were a bit bigger so that it would be a good one to read aloud.One rainy day Reuben is bored. His mom suggests that he plays with his little brother Julius. When Reuben gets in trouble for making a mess and being too noisy Granny offers the boys some gum. Reuben knows the rules of gum chewing. Do not swallow, blow bubbles, or play with it. As you can imagine bad things happen

  • Alexandria Hiam
    2018-09-28 08:05

    A little pig named Ruben is bored until Gram gives him some bubble gum, but he gets in to trouble and has it taken away. Gram gives him another piece and he is still getting in trouble, he gets it taken away. And then his little brother, Julius ends up taking the gum right out of Gram's purse, and he gets in trouble again. He loses the gum and must return Gram's purse, but guess what falls out and guess what happens again.

  • A
    2018-09-29 01:18

    A little pig named Ruben is bored until Gram gives him some bubble gum, but he gets in to trouble and has it taken away. Gram gives him another piece and he is still getting in trouble, he gets it taken away. And then his little brother, Julius ends up taking the gum right out of Gram's purse, and he gets in trouble again. He loses the gum and must return Gram's purse, but guess what falls out and guess what happens again.

  • Yvonne
    2018-10-07 06:03

    Yes, this is a children's book and I could read it over and over and over. You know those kids' book that you have read 100 times even though you hated it from the first but you grit your teeth and read it AGAIN because the kid loves it so? Well, this book is not one of those. Seriously, it is exceedingly clever and original. I love every page. I can just think about it and get a good chuckle! Yep, this one stays on the shelf for the long haul!

  • Jim Erekson
    2018-09-21 05:05

    No preachy message here. This is a great book about Trouble (with a capital T, etc.). I love how Cordell resisted the kids learning their lesson, and instead focused on the fact that gum has many ways to end badly. I love gum! So I laughed out loud at least twice, and inside many more times. The little brother Julius is silent, but adds visual tension, excitement, and larceny!

  • Heidi-Marie
    2018-10-14 06:08

    This definitely made me smile. The humor is all over the illustrations. Unfortunately, those illustrations are too small or too tiny in detail for this to work in a storytime setting. But a lap-read would be perfect--especially if you include various sounds with what you're seeing.

  • Valerie
    2018-09-28 01:54

    While it has interesting and fun sound effects associated with the theme of bubble gum, the story falls flat as a storytime read because of the extremely small illustrations. What's with all the white space? I only see this as a one-on-one lapread

  • Susan
    2018-09-20 02:09

    When a book makes me laugh out loud, it's a five star-er. I’ve had many gum mishaps (well, my kids mostly) which may be why this book is such a hit with me. AND Cordell’s illustrations remind me of William Steig, my favorite.

  • Misty
    2018-09-19 07:08

    My 4 year old boy loves books where mischief is involved and this one delivers in that department. It's a fun read, particularly if you do the sounds effects and come up with some simple actions to go along with story. Lots to laugh about here.

  • 8feetahead
    2018-10-03 08:55

    My 4 years old boy loves books where mischief is involved and this one delivers in that department. It's a fun read, particularly if you do the sounds effects and come up with some simple actions to go along with story. Lots to laugh about here.

  • Shonna
    2018-09-22 01:54

    I'm all for minimalism, but I don't think the illustrations are making good use of the page. They are tiny, some of them leaving about 90% of the page blank, with just a simple pig drawing flanking the text at the bottom. I'm sure some will love this book, but it's just not for me.

  • Natalie
    2018-10-06 04:57

    What to do when your little piggies won't be quiet, give them bubble gum to hush them up. They couldn't possibly make trouble with a piece of gum could they?I like the drawings, the white space adds to the humor.

  • Emily
    2018-09-25 08:04

    What kid doesn't love gum growing up? What kid never makes a mess with gum as well? This book is a funny read. It has many noises that could be made for even more enjoyment-such as thud, thwack, etc.

  • Katrina
    2018-10-13 01:18

    Playing indoors with his little brother on a rainy day, a rambunctious young pig causes a ruckus and then breaks his mother's three chewing gum rules.This book has some great sound effects and actions that could be done in a storytime setting. Used in Alphatbet G (for gum)-Storytime.

  • Youth Services
    2018-10-09 04:00

    This is a funny story about Ruben, a little pig who is terribly tempted by bubble gum. One rainy Saturday, his Granny lets him have piece after piece, and of course, Ruben breaks all of the rules. A funny story about the trouble with gum!Call Number: E COR

  • Kim
    2018-09-18 07:18

    Ruben is bored till his grandmother gives him gum. He is determined to show his little brother, Julius, how big pigs chew gum by breaking all his mom's rules. Love the pictures in this story, just wish they were a little bigger.

  • Adrianne
    2018-10-04 03:49

    We shook our heads disapprovingly. Yet we found ourselves reading it again and again. Good and messy.