On Account of the Gum, Adam Rex, (Oct. 2020, Chronicle), $17.99, ISBN: 9781452181547
Laugh-out-loud cumulative story about an unfortunate kid who falls asleep while chewing gum and wakes to discover the sticky surprise. The first solutions seem simple enough – a scissor to cut it out, some butter to grease it up and slide it off – but nothing works, and the attempts to liberate the gum get sillier and crazier, involving rabbits, bacon and noodles, even a vacuum cleaner. This is a perfect readaloud that will have you laughing along with your kiddos. The star of the show – not the gum, the kid – has facial expressions that you’ll recognize all too well and laugh along with, and the meter of the rhyme makes for such fun reading; you’ll speed up in some parts, leave dramatic pauses for others. Absolutely fun and hilarious. Chronicle offers a free, downloadable activity kit.
On Account of the Gum has a starred review from Kirkus.