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On Account of the Gum

Written & illustrated by Adam Rex
Published by Chronicle Books
5.88 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 4.1 / 5.0
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Oct 6, 2020
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“This laugh-out-loud and delightfully clever book is more fun than bubble gum.”

A galloping and hilarious romp from start to finish (including the endpapers!), the story trips along and off the tongue in a spiraling stream of escalations all beginning with the classic problem of getting gum stuck in one’s hair. While perhaps they should have tried peanut butter first (we’ve definitely heard that works!), the clever inclusion of many of the old tricks for getting gum out of hair and the reliance on googling an answer (and realizing that not every site knows what it’s talking about) adds to the stories punch and pizzazz. Rex’s distinctive illustration style shines with bubble-gum-bold color choices, handwritten text of all colors and sizes and utterly expressive faces, creating a sense of action and business that belies the fact that the entire story takes place in a single and unmoving chair. Just when the excitement seems to be winding down, Rex hits readers with an ending that clicks perfectly into place for a moment of sheer genius—turns out it’s picture day!

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

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The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
6.5 / 7.0

This had me laughing the whole way through—and what a perfect note to end on!

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
5.25 / 7.0

Humorous in both text and particularly illustration!

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Who Wrote On Account of the Gum

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Adam Rex

<b>Adam Rex</b> is the illustrator of Amy Timberlake’s<i> The Dirty Cowboy </i>and <i>Ste-e-e-e-eamboat a-Comin’!</i> by Jill Esbaum. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Adam Rex's Book Dedication

For Henry

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Book Details

Publication Date:
October 6, 2020
Text Details:
Hand lettering by Adam Rex.
Illustration Details:
The art in this book was painted in Photoshop.
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