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Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,129 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Gum. It's been around for centuries; from the ancient Greeks to the American Indians, everyone's chewed it. But the best kind of gum; bubble gum! wasn't invented until 1928, when an enterprising young accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy used his spare time to experiment with different recipes. Bubble-blowing kids everywhere will be delighted with Megan McCarthy's entertainin ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids who like history & kids who don’t like history; fans of bubble gum
This is a terrific idea for a children’s picture book history book; it’s definitely a fun subject for kids. The story of how bubble gum was created is interesting and shows a bit of the history, science, math, business, and a lot about serendipity around the creation of bubble gum and of gum in general. The invention of bubble gum is a good example of how experimentation is often part of new discoveries.

The illustrations feel very 1920s and since bubble gum was discovered in the late 20s that i
Nov 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun picture book that outlines the creation of bubble gum. People had been chewing on various materials for thousands of years, but it wasn't until Walter Diemer concocted a recipe for dubble bubble that bubble gum was born in 1928. It's a product that most children (and even adults) enjoy, so this is a nonfiction book that many children would be interested in reading.

The narrative is written in an understandable and not overly detailed way, providing just enough information without b
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This is the only book I’ve ever seen on the invention of bubble gum, so I’m glad McCarthy chose to write about it. Invented by a man named Walter Diemer, what I want to know is this: whatever made him think of blowing bubbles with chewing gum? Did he try it himself with regular chewing gum and think maybe he could improve it? Did some kid give him the idea?

Who knew that gum could be so interesting? I didn’t know that chewing gum was thought to have medicinal purposes (treating stomach aches). I
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
What fun! After loving McCarthy's Astronaut Handbook I was delighted to discover her latest book featuring that most delightful of creations, bubble gum. This is the story of the man who invented bubble gum in the 1920s and how it saved a company and brightened children's lives. It also shows the history of chewing gum. The story itself was maybe four stars of me, but I really fell in love with the Author's Note, which is full of charming, humorous and fascinating tidbits about bubble gum and re ...more
Marjorie Ingall
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-4-8
First off, Maxine (age 5) LOVES this book. She's wanted to hear it every night, twice, for the last week and a half. We both know it by heart.

I think I reviewed Meghan McCarthy's Seabiscuit on goodreads -- McCarthy has a way of drawing faces that's so funny and endearing. And I love that she's made a name for herself in non-fiction picture books -- Max also loved her Astronaut Handbook (about what astronaut training is like) and Josie really liked her book about the War of the Worlds radio broa
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan Mccarthy tells of the invention of bubble gum by accountant Walter Diemer in Philadelphia in the late 1920's.

The text in the main part of the book is in a large font that is in a contrasting color to the background. The text should be appealing to young readers. At the end of the book is information on the inventor, fascinating facts about gum, and a bibliography of material that was quoted.

The cartoon-like illustrations should appeal to many children,
I think this would be a fascinating topic for children (I'm sure I would have loved to learn about the invention of bubble gum when I was young!).
-note this is not about the invention of gum, but *bubble* gum. Though we do get a quick history of how long gum has been around for-

I found the story interesting, especially the fact that the inventor wasn't even in R&D and that he kept going when everyone else had given up (there's a great message - though nice and subtly written). However, the w
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My four-year-old son and I enjoyed reading this book about the invention of bubble gum—not gum, mind you—bubble gum. I especially liked the engaging illustrations, and I liked that it was just the right amount of text—just enough to tell the story well, but not so much that you get bogged down reading it aloud.
Phoebe Fisher
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because I thought it would be interesting and a fun read for kids. Prior to reading the book I had no knowledge of how bubble gum was invented. Though this book is informational it does not have the typical elements of an informational book and is written like a traditional children’s book. The book definitely made me want to learn more about the making of bubble gum because there was not a lot of in depth information about it, more of a broad summary. I might use this text in ...more
Codi Rinehart
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elm-572
This non-fiction story is definitely a book that children would love to read! Who doesn't want to learn about bubble gum and how it was made and how it has evolved through time? I know I do, everyone loves bubblegum! This is a great read for children in 2nd grade. It is an information picture book that is really intriguing. This story talks about the invention of bubble gum and how it went from being just something that people chewed on in the 1920s to something that can be blown into bubbles. I ...more
Amanda Beagle
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum, is a narrative-nonfiction text recommended to me by the narrative-nonfiction class pinterest board. This book is a picture book that offers a unique perspective on the history of bubble gum, and how it was invented. It shows what it was original used for in an interesting way. This book will keep students interested, by telling them how one of their favorite candies was invented.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much fun!

I love the tone and visuals of the book. It's light-hearted and easy to read. I wish it could have listed the one key ingredient that Walter used to make his version of gum that worked: the most important one of them all. This book is a good, fun approach to non-fiction, nonetheless.
Gail Cooke
May 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Author/artist Meghan McCarthy used bold acrylic paints to illustrate her informative story of bubble gum. While kids love what is often a pink square of gum used to chew, blow and pop bubbles, very few mw know its history. Now, thanks to McCarthy they can learn how difficult it was to invent.

Our story begins in a factory owned by the Fleer family during the 1920s. This family made large quantities of gum and candy. One employee was Walter Diemer, an accountant who could easily balance a budget
Katherine Austin
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-This book is about exactly what the title suggests, the invention of bubble gum! Kids LOVE gum. But where did gum come from? How is it made? These are all questions this book answers. The illustrations in the book are certain to capture the reader's attention.
2) Grade level, interest level, lexile (1 pt)
-2nd grade
3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area) (1 pt)
4) Individual students who might benefit from reading (1 pt)
-Students who love
Crystal Marcos
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum is a great non-fiction book that is sure to delight any young reader. The story of an accountant turn bubble gum inventor. The illustrations are fun and the cover is charming with all those bubble gum chewers. I enjoy reading picture books that include more in depth history at the end of the story. I think I may have enjoyed reading this part more than the actual story itself. I am from WA state so seeing the picture of Post Alley in Pike's Place Market in Seatt ...more
Julie Feldman
Fiction "Twin Text": Trouble Gum, Mathew Cordell, 2009

Rationale: In Meghan McCarthy's Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum readers learn a simple version of how bubble gum was first invented and sold. With the story Trouble Gum, readers see how bubble gum can be fun to have, and what trouble it can cause. Together the books relate to the experience of blowing a bubble. Trouble Gum extends the non-fiction selection by showing readers examples of how bubble gum can be used for fun.

Text Structure: Chro
A devoted gum chewer, I enjoyed this book about the history of bubble gum. Human beings have chewed gums and resins for centuries, but the development of bubble gum didn't occur until the early 20th Century. Readers will learn how Dubble Bubble, the first bubble gum was invented. Round, brightly-colored illustrations and bubbles decorate the pages evoking the shapes and colors of our favorite gum. The back of the book contains additional facts about gum and resources.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
McCarthy’s fun informational book on Walter Diemer and his determination to invent bubble gum is sure to hold the interest of young readers. They will be able to relate to having ideas that do not seem to work and will hopefully learn that determination is key to success. Typically, we tend to focus on a handful of inventors and so many creative people, like Diemer, go unnoticed; this book breaks that cycle. I will be looking forward to McCarthy’s future works.
Jessica Jackson
I found this book to be so entertaining! I loved learning all of the the crazy fun facts about gum. Who knew that it has been around in various forms for centuries! This book was great, and I feel that the most approriate audience for this book would be elementary school aged students; however, as an adult, I found it to be a great read as well.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This book was listed as the School Library Journal's Best Nonfiction Books in 2010. This book is geared towards boys and girls in kindergarten through second grade. It is appealing due to its story of how bubble gum was created and its colorful illustrations. It is a very cute story that most bubble gum blowers would enjoy learning about.
Nathan Albright
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge-2018
This book manages to serve a few tasks.  For one, it introduces its readers (not all of whom are likely to be young, although many of them will be) to the invention of bubble gum, and for another it manages to provide the context of chewing gum and the trial and error process of scientific experimentation.  The book also provides something of a corporate history that demonstrates the importance of product development for the survival of at least some kinds of companies.  I am reminded of the res ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum”, written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy, relays the story of how bubble gum was invented, just as the title implies. The text begins by establishing its setting: a factory, owned by the Fleer family, on a small street in Philadelphia, during the 1920s. A lot of gum (not bubble gum) and candy was made in this factory. One of the factory’s workers was Walter Diemer, a young accountant. Walter’s office was right next to the factory’s laboratory, in which the c ...more
Reagan Murphy
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Bubble gum is something everyone has heard of, and most everyone has tried; but how many people know how bubble gum was actually created? Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum is a nonfiction text that explains how the fun, chewy treat was made. Just as it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to blow the perfect bubble gum bubble, it took Walter Diemer a lot of hard work and perseverance to create the delicious treat.

I would recommend Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum as a read aloud for studen
Samantha N
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
1. Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award

2. Ist- 3rd Grade

3. Pop! The invention of Bubble Gum is a nonfiction picture book about the invention of bubble gum based on the real events of Walter Diemer. During the 1920’s the Fleer company put a lab in their Philadelphia candy factory to work on a top secret invention. This narrative takes readers on an adventure of exploration of recipes.In a whimsical manner this story displays the perseverance of Walter Diemer and the creation of his ingenious
Kaitlin Schraeder
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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Book level: 4.7
Lexile: 740

Book summary: This is a fun fact-filled book about the true story of how bubble gum was invented.
Genre: informational text. The book was written to inform the reader on how bubble gum was made and provides accurate dates, names, and events involved in this invention. There is an autho’s note in the back with information about gum and Walter Diemer.

Mentor writing trait:
Organization. The book walks us through the invention of bubble gum starting with a company’s mission t
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum (Hardcover) by Meghan McCarthy is a narrative nonfiction text, intended for ages 4-8. This text has won the Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award for Grades 3-6 (2012). It is the story about exactly what the title suggests, the invention of bubble gum and answers all questions that follow it. Pop! also tells the story of an accountant turned bubble gum inventor ,Walter Diemer.
As a avid bubble chewer I rated this text a 5 star piece of literature. I always wo
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum is a non fiction book for ages four to eight years old.
Summary: The story tells of Walter Diemer and working for the Fleer factory and his invention of bubble gum!

Evaluation: Pop! captured the reader primarily based on its title. Bubble gum for kids has always been exciting even for me as an adult. I love popping and blowing big bubbles. This story teaches of hard work. Walter tried and tried and tried again before he finally got it. Walter never got rich or to
Kristy Haagen
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pop! The Invention of bubble gum by Megan McCarty is a fun, information al story about the invention of bubble gum. Although gum has been around for a very long time, modern chewing gum was not invented until 1928 by Walter Diemer. This book is fun and enjoyable for everyone to read, but as reading level goes, it would be best for 3rd or 4th graders.

This story is written as a narrative, but it has the perfect balance of being fun and informative. The pictures are not distracting to the story, a
Lynnae Young
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum is a fun nonfiction book for children. It is recommended for ages 4-8 but won the Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award for Grades 3-6 in 2012. It is the story of how bubble gum was invented and what child doesn’t love bubble gum! I love how the illustrator gave all the characters big eyes making the illustrations fun and silly and an eye catching read. I love how it also gives a briefly history of how chewing gum was created before telling us how bubble gum ...more
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