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Contributor(s): Chase, Kit
ISBN: 0399545743     ISBN-13: 9780399545740
Publisher: Putnam Pub Group
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: June 2018
Annotation: Following a trail of bubbles that leads her to shy Koala, Kangaroo gradually wins Koala's friendship and joins in the bubble blowing, until a scary bunch of bubbles begin chasing Kangaroo, compelling Koala to find his courage. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bubbles; Fiction.
Kangaroos; Fiction.
Koala; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017015441
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 12.00" W x 1.00" (1.00 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Kit Chase is a freelance artist and writer who is famous for leaving behind trails of broken pencils, eraser fragments, and scraps of scribbled paper. She lives in Southern California with her family.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 May #1)

Kangaroo loves to blow bubbles, and when a trail of them leads her to Koala, a fellow bubble blower, she's eager to be friends. Unfortunately, her exuberant hellos and gifts are met with silence; Koala even climbs a tree to avoid Kangaroo. It soon becomes clear that Koala's lack of reciprocation isn't indifference, but shyness, and before long, the two are wordlessly exchanging bubble animals. However, their "happy bubble party" takes a turn when the bubbles combine and form a giant green monster that begins to chase Kangaroo. Just in time, Koala summons courage and jumps down from the tree to help Kangaroo vanquish the bubble monster with a big pop. With spare, precise text and softly colored, delicate watercolor-and-ink illustrations, Chase (Oliver's Tree) thoughtfully captures the way a new friendship can tentatively unfold, and her depiction of Koala's initial uncertainty lends the book particular emotional depth. United by bubbles, the two friends celebrate with, what else, bubble gum—"and they blew bubbles happily ever after." Ages 3–7. Agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Bookmark Literary. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 June)

PreS-K—Kangaroo loves to blow bubbles, and one day she follows a trail of mysterious bubbles to Koala. But Koala is shy, and none of kangaroo's overtures of friendship work. Sadly, Kangaroo walks away to blow more bubbles, and soon Koala is blowing them back. But when the bubbles stick together to make a bubble monster, Koala finds his courage, and comes down to help Kangaroo pop them. The two become friends and happily blow bubble gum bubbles together. The engaging cartoon animals are rounded and sweetly appealing with dot eyes, bright pink cheeks, and expressive faces and body language. Chase makes great use of the primarily stark white backgrounds, emphasizing the characters, using the bubbles to draw the eye across the page, and encouraging page turns. The mixture of full-bleed spreads and spot art visually tell the story. VERDICT This gently engaging tale will strike a chord with young children; the brief text and large pictures work well in a group setting as well as one-on-one.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

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