One quiet afternoon, a young boy is blowing bubbles. And what was to be a nice, simple, quiet game turns into a chase to the end! Our young hero will chase that bubble to the ends of the earth if he has too, so he can pop every single last bubble he has blown. And yes, that trip does take him to places around the globe and allows him to see things he never imagined. Our hero, Dewey, will not stop until he has gotten The Bubble That Got Away, in Pop by Jason Carter Easton and illustrated by Matt Rockefeller.
In picture books the illustrations can make or break a story and Rockefellers’ illustrations are the highlight of this one. They are light and airy as the bubble our hero wants to pop. They are full of color and are pleasant to the eye. They tell the story right along with the text. And, have just the right amount of detail to give your eyes a treat.
I lean towards Eaton’s How to Train a Train for a book of his I enjoy. Pop, while fun, never really made me “jump up and down” and say, “This is the best book ever!” It is an enjoyable book, but will not be a reread too soon. Your adventurous child will take delight in the fact that the reader goes on a bubble chasing adventure and perhaps, it could lead to them telling their own story of a fun journey they want to go on.