Monday, March 9, 2015

Gumwrappers and Goggles by Winifred Barnum- Newman

I'm happy to review a revamped kid's book today, Gumwrappers and Googles (the tale of a jet) by Winifred Barnum-Newman. The original book came out back in 1983 and was a huge hit of its time with marketing splendor to boot. This edition is available from Gnu Sky Publishing and contains a preface by the author about the origin of the story.

The Story- 
In the corner of an airplane hanger rests a small, but plump gray plane. He is sad because the other big and fancy jets get to fly around with people. One day his puddle of tears catches a good air fairy named Amelia. She tells the gray plane to believe in himself and that magic lies within him. So, when a group of men come to pick a plane for flying, the gray plane gives it his best and wins their service.

He is really happy flying people on his little commuter route, but the big and fancy jets get angry that he is stealing their customers. They sue the courts asking for the little gray plane to be put away. But, the gray plane is able to convince the judge that when he flies people he does it with love, unlike the bigger planes, so he gets to keep his job.

My Thoughts-

This is a cute little reader that is based on a real court case. The author does a great job turning that case into an easy to understand book with pictures for middle grade readers, and they will understand the concepts and values that won the case.

The illustrations are adorable and I loved Amelia the good air fairy. She was my favorite character and adds that zip of pizazz to the tale. This is definitely a book about morals and there is no hiding that it is slanted that way, but overall, the book is enjoyable and kid friendly. 4 stars!


  1. This sounds like a cute book for reluctant readers or very young middle graders. Thanks for the review. I hadn't heard of it.

  2. I missed this completely the first time it came out. Glad to hear it has been revived. Cute story that should appeal to many young readers.

  3. I haven't heard of it either. But it does sound very cute and appealing to kids just getting into chapter books. There is not enough books in that category.