- By Philippa Pearce

The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

  • Title: The Battle of Bubble and Squeak
  • Author: Philippa Pearce
  • ISBN: 9780233969862
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Battle of Bubble and Squeak The Parker children s home becomes a battlefield because they want a pet while their mother declares that she will have no gerbils in her house

    The Parker children s home becomes a battlefield because they want a pet while their mother declares that she will have no gerbils in her house.

    1 thought on “The Battle of Bubble and Squeak

    1. I liked this book. There were so many situations that I think children can engage with in terms of wanting to the keep the pets in the face of a parent's opposition. There is also then the relationships within the family of the children and their stepfather. There are a whole series of truly dramatic events (in gerbil terms) for the gerbils when Sid's ability to keep them is seriously threatened, right up to the end, but all is well in the end and the family dynamics seem to have improved as wel [...]

    2. A delightful story, though I'll admit to being biased. As a child, I too had gerbils, and the charming illustrations had me entranced. (I only wished there had been more.) As an adult re-reading this story to an almost-5yo, I appreciated it even more, but from a different perspective. It all just felt so familiar, so real.(view spoiler)[And if you really want to know, both gerbils do make it to the end of the book for a happy ever after. Even Mrs. Sparrow mellows. (hide spoiler)]

    3. A 1001 CBYMRBYGU. I was a picky reader as a child. I loved fantasy. I stayed away from realistic fiction. I remember being horribly disappointed with books that appeared to be about magical experiences and were, instead, simply cleverly titled realistic fiction.Not sure what I would have made of this book as a child, then. As an adult, I like it a lot. Sid wants a pet but his mom says no. A friend has given him two small gerbils, and his mom says to take them back. Unexpectedly, Sid’s quiet st [...]

    4. This was a very heart warming tale about a mother who was horrified at the thought of having gerbils in the house. It was a lovely tale and I really enjoyed it.

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