Monday, January 6, 2014

Review for Blueberry Bubble Gum by Mahamad Ali ElFakir

BlueBerry Bubble Gum 

Blueberry Bubble Gum by Mahamad Ali ElFakir and illustrated by Victor Guiza

Get ready for adventure!

School’s out, and Max is gearing up for a summer of baseball with his friends. He’s expecting fun in the sun and long, lazy days. But to his surprise, he finds himself transported to a strange and wonderful world after chewing magical blueberry bubble gum—bubble gum his parents warned him not to chew! Join Max in his adventures through Blueberry Bubble Gum World and meet the fascinating creatures who live there—the Blueberry Boy, King Erudition, and the lumpy, moldy green evil Waywards. Will Max learn his lesson and find his way home? Find out in this thrilling journey!

Product Details

            Print length: 44 pages
            Publisher: Elfa books
            Language: English
            Genre: Fiction / Action & Adventure
            5.5 x 8.5 color casebound glossy $16.95
            ISBN: 9780578109787
            5.5 x 8.5 color paperback glossy $11.95
            ISBN: 9780578109749

About the Author

Mahmad Ali ElFakir was born in Detroit, Michigan in January of 1975. He is an entrepreneur who works hard for his family. He is blessed with his wonderful wife and amazing children. Blueberry Bubble Gum was inspired by his children and is his first of many books to come. He says, "A child's imagination can inspire anyone."
Blueberry Bubble Gum is a story about a boy who doesn't listen to his parents, doesn't follows the rules, and lies a lot. Because of this he finds himself on an adventure that teaches him a lesson.
Max has just finished his last day of school. With a promise of a summer filled with tons of baseball, his mind is aglow with all of the fun he will be having. When he gets home his father hands him a bag of magic blueberry gumballs. He then tells him to not eat one until he listens to the rules about them. They are magical so Max didn't know what they would do. His father gets called back to work and doesn't have a chance to go over the rules. Impatiently waiting for his return, and being tempted by the smell of sweet fruit, Max does exactly what he's not supposed to and puts a gum ball in his mouth, and then another. Thinking that no harm was done, he soon realizes, after he passes gas, that a bubble forms from his bottom soon carrying him away to a distant land where he has to listen to instruction and follow the rules to find his way back. Will he be able to accomplish the goals set forth or will he fail again and not listen, causing himself to get into more trouble?
The author does a great job focusing on a topic most children find themselves in. Not listening to their parents and doing as they are told, as well as lying. This is a problem majority of parents, at one time or another, find themselves in. The author creates a story to show what might possibly happen when you don't listen to your parents and follow the rules. There are consequences to their actions, and though this story embellishes a lot, especially with a bubble coming out of someone's booty and carrying them away, the message is loud and clear.
Though some parents will not like the fact that the child says,"Dude" all the time or that there is a bubble coming out of the boys rear when he toots, especially when the boy technically didn't swallow it, yet that is what the story implies. Parents will enjoy the messages the author focuses on.
The book is more of a chapter book than a picture book. Though it is not broken up into chapters and is on the longer side than most picture books, it covers that middle ground. The book will be good for second to third grades and up to read alone, though it can be read to younger children. The lessons are a good one for all ages to learn. The illustrations are colorful and fun, matching with the text nicely. Overall, most children will enjoy this 44 page book.

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