Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Jason Carter Eaton
Illustrator: Matt Rockefeller
Publisher: First Second
Dewey is enjoying some independent play and is blowing bubbles by himself. The best part of blowing bubbles is popping them! When the very last bubble gets away, Dewey sets off on a high adventure to pop that bubble. The trampoline isn't high enough, the tallest building in town isn't high enough, even a hot air balloon isn’t enough. The bubble eventually escapes Dewey's reach all together and floats off into space. That night, Dewey pulls out his telescope to try and find his bubble when a different sort of bubble blocks his view. He pops it, and then views through his telescope the alien that the bubble came from, and watches as that alien pops Dewey's own bubble too.
Readers must utilize extreme imagination in order to grasp Pop!. Not realistic in nature, the story takes children on an adventure they're sure not soon to forget. In his quest to pop his bubble, Dewey accomplishes dangerous feats, such as climbing onto the roof and solo flying a rocket to the moon. While perhaps teaching children determination, it could also encourage children to engage in activities beyond their capability without adult supervision. Looking beyond its shortcomings, Pop! is a cleverly constructed children's story with a surprise ending that is sure to thrill, if you can catch onto it.