Trouble Gum

Matthew Cordell

Feiwel & Friends

Download Image Matthew Cordell Trouble Gum

Available Formats


It’s raining.

There’s nothing to do.

Ruben is bored.

But things start looking up when his grandmother gives him and his little brother some gum.

Gum is fun. There’s just one problem with gum—it tends to make a mess!


Uh-oh. . . .

Connect with the Author

Matthew Cordell

Official Sites

Related Links

Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter

Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

“I accidentally swallowed my gum. Can I have another piece?” Ruben asked.

“I’m sorry, Ruben,” Mom said. “Unlike Julius, you’ve already broken the rules. No more gum for you today.”

Read the full excerpt



Praise for Trouble Gum

“Packs plenty of pop.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Working with a stripped-down palette of black, white, red and bubblegum pink, Cordell's (Mighty Casey) first solo effort evokes irrepressible boyhood with laughs throughout.”—Publishers Weekly

“Irresistible…graphically dynamic.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Reviews from Goodreads


About the Author

Matthew Cordell

Matthew Cordell has illustrated several picture books, including Toby and the Snowflakes by Julie Halpern, Righty and Lefty by Rachel Vail, and Mighty Casey by James Preller. Trouble Gum is his first book as author and illustrator. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his lovely wife, adorable daughter, and their generally well-mannered cat.

Matthew Cordell


Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Trouble Gum
Matthew Cordell


Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award


Feiwel & Friends
September 2009
ISBN: 9780312387747
ISBN10: 0312387741
Picture Book
8 1/2 x 11 inches, 48 pages
Age Range: 2 to 6
Grade Range: p to 1

From The Publisher

Feiwel & Friends

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter