The fact that Busy's mother has just been elected mayor puts a strain on their relationship, since Busy tends to act...

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BUSY O'BRIEN AND THE GREAT BUBBLE GUM BLOWOUT

The fact that Busy's mother has just been elected mayor puts a strain on their relationship, since Busy tends to act impulsively--e.g., she plans a bubble-gum-blowing contest to raise funds for the town Meal Mobile (first prize: lunch with the mayor) without consulting her mother. Still, despite minor complications, the contest does occur, while Busy and her mother reach a new understanding. Busy is a likable narrator, and the dialogue believable; but characterization is minimal here, the plot predictable, and there are several lapses in spelling and grammar. Stronger writing and better proofing are needed if this rather inauspicious debut is--as it seems to be--first in a series.

Pub Date: Oct. 9, 1990

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 96

Publisher: Walker

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1990