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On Account of the Gum

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Lots of laughs and surprises in superb story of gum removal.

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This wildly creative, giggle-and-guffaw inducing picture book will delight readers of any age. Building on an experience many kids have had -- falling asleep while chewing gum and waking up with said gum stuck in hair --On Account of the Gum chronicles one family's wayward attempts at ridding the kid of the offending gum. Rex's entertaining pictures mostly show the main character seated at a table as family members try to "help," and the art really shines in the child's priceless facial expressions and the ever-growing pile of failed gum-removal attempts on top of their head. The author's sometimes-rhyming, deadpan text is a joy to read out loud. The narrator puts readers in the shoes of the poor kid, so that by the time the plot twists near the end arrive, readers will groan in genuine empathy. There are still big laughs in store, but make sure to flip all the way to the inside of the back cover for the rewarding true end of this uproarious story. This is a great pick for family reading, sure to be requested over and over by young readers.

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