Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Gum Girl Review
Book talk: Have you ever had gum stuck in your hair? How did you get it out? Gabby's mother uses peanut butter to do the trick, but she warns Gabby to stop her constant chewing. But Gabby just can't resist and after all, how would her mother ever find out? Then she blows a giant bubble that touches the telephone wires and electrocutes her. This turns her into the gumazing gum girl! At first Gabby just wants to get out of the sticky situation, but she soon realizes that being the gum girl has its advantages. Will Gabby save the day--or will she just get busted?
Rocks my socks: This quick read is packed full of laughs and classic super hero tropes. There are ample illustrations in black, white, and bubblegum-pink that show off gum girl's special powers and crime-fighting action scenes. The occasional Spanish word is used and introduced in ways that are easy to understand. There aren't many early chapter books starring Latina characters, so I was excited to find this one.
Rocks in my socks: The plot and characters are a bit cliche, but it makes the story easy to follow which makes sense for an early chapter book. Especially considering that this is at the easier end of the early chapter spectrum with many pages only containing a few words in dialogue bubbles.
Every book its reader: This is an excellent early chapter books for fans of superheroes and humor. A fast, engaging read for those just diving into chapter books.
Rhode Montijo has a blog where you can find early sketches for the book: http://rhodemontijo.blogspot.com/
Source: school library
The Gumazing Gum Girl by Rhode Montijo: buy it or check it out today!