Thursday, 11 September 2014

Review: Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large hardcover / paperback
Released: September 11th, 2014
Rating: 8.5/10

Amazon summary:

Rueben and Felix are best friends, and what they like doing best . . . is blowing bubbles - the bigger, the better! It all starts to go wrong when Rueben challenges Felix to a bubble-blowing competition. When they sabotage each other's bubble machines, the results are disastrous. It's time to stop fighting against each other and pull together!


Bubble Trouble is a brilliantly illustrated picture book that I could easily stare at all day. It's vibrant and fun, with lots of lift-the-flap bubbles to keep little readers entertained and a story that I'm sure will resonate with quite a few parents!

Reuben and Felix are best friends who love to blow bubbles. One day Reuben mistakenly says he can blow a bigger bubble than Felix, and suddenly a bubble blowing competition is all either one of them can think about!

Bubble Trouble shows the competitive nature of children and how it can unfortunately interfere with friendships. It also shows that we all need a little help sometimes, and that doing something as a group is often better - and more rewarding - than doing it on your own. Reuben and Felix realise that their friendship is more important than any giant bubble, even though it would be nice to be the best at something.

I'm sure this picture book will be a great addition to any bookshelf, particularly because it brings with it a nice set of artwork and an emphasis on friendships and how they can overcome anything. I wish is had this range of picture books when I was little - maybe then I'd have learned to blow a decent bubble or two!

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