On Account of the Gum (Hardcover)

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How do you get gum out of your hair? From the madcap mind of award-winning children's author Adam Rex comes a book about how the best intentions lead to the worst (and funniest) ideas!

So, you got bubblegum in your hair—and before you know it, a pair of scissors, some butter, your rabbit, and the cat are also stuck up there. And to make matters worse, it's picture day!

With each turn of the page in On Account of the Gum, the situation gets stickier, sillier, and more desperate. Kids will love this all-too-familiar story, told in verse and propelled by charming illustrations, about one family's best efforts to get the gum un-stuck . . . by any means necessary.

"Adam Rex is one of the best writers making picture books today, and . . . On Account of the Gum just might be his best picture book yet."
—Mac Barnett, New York Times bestselling author of the Caldecott Honor books Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn

CLASSIC STORY: Readers of all ages will instantly relate to this problem that kids have faced since the invention of bubble gum.  

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Adam Rex books are filled with whimsical rhymes and hilarious illustrations that make him one of the most beloved and children's book authors working today.

READ ALOUD FUN: Told in clever rhyming verse, this funny book is perfect for story time on the couch or in the classroom.

Perfect for:
  • Parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and educators looking for a delightful read-aloud tale
  • Anyone looking for funny kids books for girl or boy
  • Readers who enjoy the zany humor of Dragons Love Tacos, The Wonky Donkey, and books by Jory John and Mo Willems
  • Fans of Adam Rex's award-winning picture books, including the New York Times bestsellers Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, School's First Day of School (with illustrator Christian Robinson), and Chu's Day (with author Neil Gaiman)
  • Anyone who has ever had gum stuck in their hair!

About the Author

Adam Rex is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books and novels, including Nothing Rhymes with Orange, Why?, Unstoppable!, The True Meaning of Smekday (which was made into the major motion picture Home), and the New York Times bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Praise For…

“Conversational rhyme, cascading action, and dramatic page turns create a story of early-morning, get-ready-for-school chaos. Gum-wrapper endpaper illustrations collaged under a bubble gum–pink wash set the tone for escalating silliness . . . [On Account of the Gum is a] gloriously giggly tale glued together by a glob of very gooey gum."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Snappy second-person verse enumerates a family’s vain efforts to remove a blob of shocking pink bubblegum as Rex (Unstoppable) dreams up ever-grosser remedies for the hairy dilemma.”—Publisher’s Weekly 

“Rex’s work is always humorous, smart, and delightfully absurd, and this is no exception. The hand-painted text has beautiful artistry to it, but it’s also a tongue-tangling, deliciously metered, rhyming absurdist story that begs to be read aloud in classrooms, libraries, and homes. . . . [B]rilliantly detailed. . . . the child’s expressions are masterpieces in and of themselves. . . . Rex is king of the picture books. Consider this required reading.”—Booklist, starred review

“[A]lready giggling audience[s will] burst into belly laughs.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“A story of a sticky situation bursting with laughs, On Account of the Gum is a hilarious book from Adam Rex. The deadpan narrative voice in this book and the building chaos with each attempt to remove gum from the main character’s hair will keep kids chuckling and asking for more. It is reminiscent of the old nursery rhyme, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, except no one gets eaten . . . and it’s about gum . . . and the only old lady in it winds up stuck in the main character’s hair. So maybe it isn’t much like the old nursery rhyme at all. Don’t chew it over. Just buy the book.” —Ryan T. Higgins, bestselling author/illustrator of the Mother Bruce books and We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

“Adam Rex is one of the best writers making picture books today, and one of the best illustrators making picture books today, and On Account of the Gum just might be his best picture book yet. It’s perfect. You should read it.” —Mac Barnett, New York Times–bestselling author of the Caldecott Honor books Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn


“In his first work of nonfiction, Adam Rex bravely shares his harrowing experience of gum-chewing gone horribly wrong. What? On Account of the Gum is not a true story? Oh. Well, then it’s just plain hilarious and any human will love it!” —Laurie Keller, Geisel Award winning author-illustrator of We Are Growing

“In Adam Rex's divine picture-book comedy of errors . . . Rex (School's First Day of School; Nothing Rhymes with Orange; Unstoppable), a master of meshuggaas, hastens along the humor with caricaturish illustrations in a fruity palette perfectly suited to the asimmer-with-irritation kid's hair wear, which comes to resemble a Carmen Miranda hat gone berserk. But underneath the silliness, On Account of the Gum harbors a substantive, empowering message. To borrow the book's idiom: There's a point to all of this rat-a-tat rhyme/ It turns out the kid had the cure the whole time.”—Shelf Awareness

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452181547
ISBN-10: 1452181543
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
Pages: 56
Language: English