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Lester Fizz: Bubble Gum Artist

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Everyone in the Fizz family is an artist. Everyone except Lester, whose paintings are pitiful and doodles are drab. Lester doesn’t think he’ll ever be an artist, until the day a mouthful of gum becomes a work of art on Lester’s talented lips. Drawing inspiration from all directions, Lester develops his special talent for artful bubbles and blows the competition away!


Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 14th 2008 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Lori Gravley
An engaging approach to a little art history, bubblegum included.
Sep 16, 2009 babyhippoface rated it liked it
Everyone in Lester Fizz's family is artistically gifted, except Lester. All he can do is chew bubble-gum. But when he discovers that he can shape his bubble-gum bubbles, he learns that he's an artist, too.

While I thought the bubble-blowing bit was a little too silly, I really liked the way the works of different artists were referenced throughout the book. I showed it to the Art Teacher at our school, to see what she thought about it. She liked it, and said she would read this book to her studen
Looking for books to fit a bubble theme. This made me smile and I enjoyed the many art references. (I was actually rather proud of how many I recognized--either the actual artwork or noticing an artist's style.) Not for the preschool crowd. Fine as a lap-read for that age, but I think I'd lose interest as the book is a tad longer than I usually do and a few things might be over their heads. Could work in a school-age storytime--they may enjoy what the gum does and some art intellectuals may see ...more
Nov 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Celebrated works of art pop up in the silliest of circumstances in this cleverly illustrated tale of a frustrated young artist in search of his niche.

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Jazmyne Henry
This book is about Lester and his artistic family. Everyone in Lester's family is an artist except him. Until he discovers something so great in blowing bubblegum. This book can help students find their own new talents. It is also good to demonstrate writer's craft.
Aug 27, 2009 Heidi rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, fiction
Cute, funny story about how everyone's talents are different, you just have to look for your own! This boy's family are all artists and he finds that his talent is blowing bubbles with his bubble gum into amazing things like the Mona Lisa holding a hot dog and french fries!?! :)
Nov 27, 2010 Relyn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: spotted at Barnes and Nobel
Shelves: lawsonland
This was an absolutely, super-duper fun book. It is sure to be a hit with my class. I plan to use it in conjunction with a Lawson Buck party. I'll pass out huge pieces of gum and we'll make our own bubble gum art. It should be a hoot.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Feb 04, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, humor, art, 2012
Lester comes from a talented family of artists. Lester is pretty talented with bubble gum. Does bubble gum art even count? A humorous romp through art history with various characters named after famous artists and references to many art pieces. A fun read.
Really neat. Explains the urge of art ("What do you see?" "What don't you see?" "What do you want to see?") and provides dozens and dozens of famous (and diverse) examples, all within a cute story.
Jun 11, 2016 Allie rated it really liked it
Recommend to art teacher!
Sonnie Schlossmacher
Feb 11, 2015 Sonnie Schlossmacher rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!! Hall different famous works of art. Rich in vocabulary!
Anna Lewis
Aug 16, 2008 Anna Lewis rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for teaching art appreciation to children ages Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Will definitely recommend it to all my volunteers to include in their art appreciation presentations.
Sam Bloom
Sep 03, 2008 Sam Bloom rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very entertaining book about a kid who is at first intimidated by his family of artists, but then discovers his own true talent: bubble-gum art.
Jul 25, 2016 Carolanne rated it really liked it
As someone who received a very consistent "C" in Art throughout her school career, I appreciate Ruth Spiro's message of hope for us all!
Sep 09, 2008 Kathy rated it really liked it
Intersting for browsing but a little hard to use for school visits.
Dec 01, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
Weird, random, I like it.
May 10, 2016 Melanie rated it liked it
Can't wait to put this in our art teacher's hands! She reads aloud to every class and will probably really enjoy the nods to all the great artists!
Corri Johnson
Jul 10, 2009 Corri Johnson rated it really liked it
Shelves: with-my-kids
It was a fun book that I would use to teach kids that everyone has a talent, we just may not know what our talent is.
Dec 26, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Cute and inspirational for young artists.
Franki Sibberson
Jan 07, 2011 Franki Sibberson rated it really liked it
with effort, can study famous art pieces throughout book
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