Fiona Bayrock
Carolyn Conahan
(staff illustrator 
for Cricket Magazine!)


48 pages
For about ages 6-10 yrs

February 2009

ISBN 978-1-57091-669-4 
ISBN 978-1-57091-670-0 

      Awards & Notables: 

A Junior Library Guild Selection
Won 2010-2011 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading 
Book Award
- Keystone State Reading Association
2010 Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Award (Honor Book) - BC Book Prizes

2010 Animal Behavior Society Outstanding Children's 
Book Award
(Honor Book)

2011 Great Lakes Great Books Award 
Finalist, Grades 2-3) - Michigan Reading Association

2011 Chocolate Lily Book Award 
Finalist, Picture Book) 

2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award 
(Finalist, Nonfiction)

* Starred Selection Best Books for Kids & Teens 2010
The Canadian Children's Book Centre

Best Nonfiction Kids Books 
Scholastic Instructor Magazine

Best Ocean and Sea Themed Books For Kids
Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

Best Books for Boys of 2009 
Libraries Matter




Who knew animals used bubbles in so many ways?

Real-world science meets tongue-in-cheek humor in this look at
the amazing ways animals use bubbles. Bubbles are for breathing, 
fishing, talking, riding, keeping warm, and even shooting hoops!  
Who knew animals used bubbles in so many ways? Lighthearted 
conversational text is accompanied by delightful full-bleed watercolour 
illustrations by Carolyn Conahan, Staff Artist for Cricket Magazine.

Each double-page spread explains one animal's bubble use
in about 100 words. Common and scientific names are 
noted for each of the 16 animals. Generous backmatter outlines
 each animal's habitat, geographic location, and more amazing 
info about their bubbles. Glossary and index.



What people are saying...


        "Lively expository prose . . . a volume that's sure to rise to the top."                    
     -- Kirkus Reviews 

              "...this entire book is enjoyable and engaging. ... 
                   Creative, accessible, and fact-filled."        
School Library Journal

"Bayrock's writing is dynamic, with onomatopoeic language and 
kid-friendly comparisons to engage and inform."             

                                -- Junior Library Guild 


"...combines lovely illustrations with excellent scientific sure 
to include an animal that every reader can identify with.  
Fiona Bayrock does an excellent job..."
-- Animal Behavior Society


"Creative, innovative and entertaining...
a refreshingly unique perspective on a simple theme.
  Highly Recommended"
-- CM Magazine


"...intriguing book...animals' techniques for creating and using bubbles are well described in succinct paragraphs. Illustrated with finesse, this attractive book 
introduces 16 bubble makers, from insects to humans."
-- Booklist

"...unique book with little-known facts, all connected 
by the delightful theme of bubbles.  Bubble Homes and Fish Farts 
celebrates the wonders of nature."
-- Quill & Quire

                " all-out fun-fest of animal bubbleology...
                                                 well-researched, thoroughly engaging..."
                                                                                      -- Miss Rumphius Effect Blog

   "...there were many pages where I would drop my jaw, open my eyes wide and exclaim to my daughter, "I never knew that!"  This would paralyze her with giggles.  It's not only informative and clever, it's gorgeous."        -- Teacher Ninja Blog
"...a fun and funny topic that no one has ever tackled in a picture book format before.
                   ...very natural easygoing literary style...always engaging...
           [Bayrock] has a way of phrasing a section just right. 
                                                          ...Conahan's art yields rewards."
                                                                                        -- Fuse #8
      "...charmingly descriptive writing...well-organized...very accessible, breezy style...
                    With its quirky title, whimsical content, and beautiful watercolour      
                 illustrations Bubble Homes and Fish Farts is the perfect read 
                                     for young animal lovers of all ages."
                                                -- Canadian Children's Book News
               "...the title instantly makes kids laugh and want to read the book.
                             students absolutely love it."
-- LOL in the LMC: Books that make them laugh and want to come back for more
          Branson Elementary School Library Media Specialists, MO

 Click here for longer versions 
of some of these reviews.

Where can I buy this book?
The folks at your local independent book store will be delighted to order it for you if they're sold out.  Not sure where your local independent book store is?  Find it at 

Signed copies may be purchased from the 
Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve gift shop

5200 Sumas Prairie Road, Chilliwack, BC
Also available online:
In Canada... In the U.S...


 Text Fiona Bayrock  
  Book Illustration
Carolyn Digby Conahan   Cartoon Art 2005 Ruth McNally Barshaw
All rights reserved. 
Last Updated: May 23, 2012
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