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Big Bad Bubble + More Marvelous Books By Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri

We are huge Adam Rubin/Daniel Salmieri fans. I get the same response every time we read one of their books. “Read it again, Mom!” And again. And again. And again. All their books are clever, fun to read, and down right hilarious. Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri make a great picture book team. Daniel Salmieri’s art is a perfect match for Adam Rubin’s words.

Those Darn Squirrels

those darn squirrels

Old Man Fookwire is a grump who only likes to paint pictures of birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them to stay by putting up beautiful birdfeeders filled with seeds and berries. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on the feeders. The conflict escalates—until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that charms the old grump.

Squirrels love to pester our dog, but this squirrel crossed the line.

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Gutsy squirrel eating Charlie’s food!

Secret Pizza Party

secret pizza party

How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What’s a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course!
But shhh! It’s a secret! In fact, you should probably just forget I told you. Nope, no secret pizza party happening here.You didn’t already tell all your friends, did you? Uh oh . . .

Be prepared for pizza requests after reading Secret Pizza Party!

Sophie enjoying her pizza after reading Secret Pizza Party.

Dragons Love Tacos

dragons love pizza

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

Sophie made her dragon pretend tacos after reading Dragons Love Tacos.

Pinky the dragon.

Big Bad Bubble

big bad bubble

An ordinary bubble may seem pretty harmless to you. To the monsters of La La Land, however, a fragile, shimmering bubble is an object of terror, and when the frightening habits of bubbles are detailed by a fear-mongering monster, Yerbert, Froofle, and Wumpus run away and cry. But with encouragement from the narrator and from readers—“Go on, Wumpus, you can do it. (Tell Wumpus he can do it.)”—the three learn to confront their fears and triumph over the bubbles!

Big Bad Bubble is by far my children’s favorite Adam Rubin/Daniel Salmieri book. It is wonderful when we discover books that they BOTH love. Mason, six, and Sophie, two, think Big Bad Bubble is the funniest book ever written.

Mogo’s fear of bubbles began when a chewing gum bubble attacked his face when he was a young monster.


Mogo teaches the other monsters why they should fear bubbles. Bubbles are sneaky. They travel in packs. Summer is the feeding frenzy for bubbles.


The narrator encourages the reader to disagree with Mogo, and to cheer on the other monsters.


Tell Wumpus he can do it.


Yerburt, use you fangs.


Froofle, use your claws.


Mogo finally discovers that he can pop bubbles, too.


There is a fun twist at the end of the book that made my kids laugh and laugh.

What did we do after we read Big Bad Bubble for the 17th time? Went outside to blow bubbles, of course!


We can’t wait for the next Adam Rubin/Daniel Salmieri book!

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22 thoughts on “Big Bad Bubble + More Marvelous Books By Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri

  1. So great! I think one of my all-time favorite lines is in Those Darn Squirrels when he refers to the squirrels as tiny little geniuses. So clever and fun to read. P.s. My dog would have also thought that squirrel crossed the line of no return. 😄

  2. We love this author/illustrator team, too! “Those Darn Squirrels” and “Dragons Love Tacos” make us laugh. We haven’t read the others yet – but we MUST check them out. Thanks for sharing them on the #KidLitBlogHop and for stopping by our blog to comment. We appreciate you and hope you have a paw-some week ahead.

  3. Wow, so I know Dragon’s love taco’s but I did not know the others, which look hilarious. My little G would love them. Pinning them for future reading. Thanks so much for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop

  4. I have not read these books!! I already pinned them to look them up as soon as possible! Thanks for the recommendation, and thanks also for visiting my blog 😉

  5. My 4-year-old granddaugther and I just purchased and read “Those Darn Squirrels!” We LOVED it – and even more so because we have “darn” squirrels in our backyard too – eating all the birdseed! Story fun – illustrations – fun! Will look forward to reading and sharing more of your books! ❤ Grammy Pags Stories

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