Saturday, November 7, 2020

Review - On Account of the Gum

On Account of the Gum

by Adam Rex
Date: 2020
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 56
Format: e-book
Source: library

On Account of the Gum is a book about how the best intentions lead to some of the worst (and funniest) ideas!

Serious humor abounds in this story about one kid's hilarious misadventures with gum, and the cumulative buildup of stuff stuck in hair.

From the madcap mind of Adam Rex comes a book about the improbable, downright bizarre remedies for a problem kids have faced since the creation of gum.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

The poor kid!

This is one of the funniest picture books I've read in a while. When a kid gets gum in their hair, everyone has ideas on how to get it out. As the kid's hair becomes loaded with more and more "solutions", the reader can see their frustration growing until it explodes at last and brings about an unexpected resolution to the problem.

Sort of.

The illustrations are pretty much perfect. Don't let the pink on the cover turn you off, either; it's a reference to the gum and shouldn't be construed as making this a "girls' book".

Recommended to anyone who enjoys silly stories... or who's ever gotten gum stuck in their hair. You probably got off easy in comparison.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 5/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 5/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 5/5

Overall: 4.57 out of 5

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