Emma and the Magic Bubble Machine by Brian G Chambers

A young girl falls into a large bubble and gets carried away to Fairy Land, where she is expected to rescue the Fairy Queen.

Emma's grandfather is too lazy to play with her, so he gets his old wind up bubble making machine out of the shed; so that Emma can entertain herself. He tells her that it is a magic bubble machine, which it turns out is true. He does not know of course that it is magic. Emma finds herself transported away to Fairy Land, where she is asked to rescue the Fairy Queen; who is being held prisoner by the Gnomes of Roams. Can Emma rescue the Fairy Queen and manage to return home safely?

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  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Fully available on Authonomy
  • First submitted Sept. 30, 2013
  • Last updated Sept. 30, 2013
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  • Sheena Macleod's avatar
    Sheena Macleod wrote 1 year, 4 months ago

    A little bump

  • Dawn Wessel's avatar
    Dawn Wessel wrote 1 year, 6 months ago

    This is a cute story for young children as it teaches them manners and how to be good diplomats.

  • Neuravinci's avatar
    Neuravinci wrote 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hey there,

    I read through the first chapter. Actually, it was rather engaging. A bit more refreshing, childlike (in a good way) than some others I've read on this site. It seems..bubbly...like a cute little child novel, which is what it is! the voice is good

  • Squirrely's avatar
    Squirrely wrote 1 year, 7 months ago
    This would be a great book for lots of fun illustrations. The tone is very lighthearted and playful and I found it to be funny because everything is so mild, such as how the gnomes aren't really enemies for long. However there are a lot of weird punctuation errors. Such as when the fairy says, "Do you think this is the moon", there is no question mark. At the very beginning I wasn't sure of just how fanciful the story ...
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  • Sue Harris's avatar
    Sue Harris wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    Hi Brian This is a lovely, magical story one I found quite unique and funny, particularly your little rhymes which kids love. The story unfolds at a good pace and you bring to life all the little characters beautifully.. I have read some of the other reviews and perhaps agree that the wonderment of floating in a bubble could be more dramatic and exciting, perhaps an escort of magical birds when a storm brews up, or resting for a while ...
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  • Shelagh Watkins's avatar
    Shelagh Watkins wrote 1 year, 8 months ago
    What an endearing fairytale, Brian! It has all the ingredients of a children's story: magic, fairies, adventure, wonder. This is a book begging to be read to children at bedtime ... or any other time! I can imagine their eyes growing wider as they imagine themselves inside a bubble, floating away in the sky to fairyland. Wonderful! The story needs editing (you're for your, its for it's, missing commas inside quotation marks, capital letter after a full stop), but there's ...
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  • HannahSpencer's avatar
    HannahSpencer wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    Hi Brian,
    I've had a quick look, as promised. It seems a lovely story, sparkling and magical, very Alice in Wonderland! I jumped to the ending, which is left open with so many possibilities, a perfect ending for a fairy tale. I wonder if granddad could be more bumbling and incompetent to add to the humour early on? Perhaps he drops the bubble machine on his toe or something?
    Best of luck with it,

  • Bev Carr's avatar
    Bev Carr wrote 1 year, 9 months ago
    A charming story which I'm sure that young children would love. The very thought of travelling in a bubble, how lovely. Although, in some ways, I feel the story could benefit from the voice of Emma herself, not all from the perspective of her grandparents. The descriptions of the church beneath her, floating over land and sea, could be even more magical. A few comments on the text itself. Chapter 1 p2 week end (One word) NOW A DAYS (ONE ...
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  • Shannon Peel's avatar
    Shannon Peel wrote 1 year, 9 months ago

    Fairy stories always bring out the wonder in a children. Bubbles and fairies are a good match. I can see this story being for very young kids. Consider checking out the early readers and first chapter books requirements and re work the story to meet them.

  • Brendie's avatar
    Brendie wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Hi Brian - stories like this awaken the child inside of me, cartwheeling me back to a time of magic and imagination. You capture the chaos of the difference of opinion between Grandma and Grandad very well. It's a lovely story with a good pace. Well done ... I hate to say it but I'm easily distracted by confused punctuation, but I notice other people have alerted you to some of the glaring ones so I imagine there will be ...
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  • Debbie R's avatar
    Debbie R wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Brian I saw you had a new book up so thought I'd take a look. This is a charming and humorous fairy story that I am sure children will love reading or listening to. I like the grandparents characters with him wanting to put his feet up and her busy hanging out the washing. This has the feel of an old-fashioned fairy tale but with a modern touch which will make it more accessible to today's youngsters. I liked the ...
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  • Brian G Chambers's avatar
    Brian G Chambers Author wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Thank you Kristin for taking the time to point out some of my errors. I will sort them out and reload asap. Brian.[QUOTE] Hi Brian! What a charming short story. I can totally see this as an elaborated picture book or a young child's book. Either way it teaches some great lessons. I'm thinking that you could either do a little more rhyming or lower the age a bit, meaning to take out a bunch of words. ie. Emma say ...
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    KristinVan26 [Retired] wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Hi Brian! What a charming short story. I can totally see this as an elaborated picture book or a young child's book. Either way it teaches some great lessons. I'm thinking that you could either do a little more rhyming or lower the age a bit, meaning to take out a bunch of words. ie. Emma say at her Nana and Granddad's caravan, while her mum and dad decorated her bedroom at home (how were they decorating? painting? Nana Sandra ...
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  • Amondra's avatar
    Amondra wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    This a really nice little story. It's been a while so I had to find the flow that most children stories have. Not your fault completely mine. This is something I would sit down and read to my nephew when he comes over. This has the right amount of laughter and wonder in it for any child to enjoy. I thought your imagery, word usage was great. It was right where it needs to be so when I child has ...
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  • Temulkar's avatar
    Temulkar wrote 1 year, 10 months ago
    Hi Brian, Chapter one is really engaging although Arthur is grumpy and lazy he and Sandra are likeable and the Police reaction emphasises what a fantastic thing has happened whilst injecting some humour. Chapter 2, the pace works really well and the plot starts to unfold, although Im a little worried about the poor grandparents. Good cliffhanger for an end to draw kids in. Chapter 3 cliffhanger resloved a bit quickly, I thought you could have played on the tension ...
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  • Jim Provost's avatar
    Jim Provost wrote 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hello Brian. Well I loved your book. When Emma gets carried away in the bubble I thought of the good witch from the Wizard of Oz. Gnomes from Roams rolls off the tongue great. I think your style of writing is similar to mine as again it is easy for kids to understand and there is humour injected into the pages. Good luck with this book. I'm sure that this will also be a winner.

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    sarap [Retired] wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    What a lovely story.The idea of a magical bubble carrying you off to Fairy Land is brilliant. I'm sure it will do well here and I wish you every success:)
    Just one observation, a few commas need removing!
    High stars and on my WL.

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  • Geowonderland's avatar
    Geowonderland wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    Another charming story from you. Great idea of a bubble taking the main character to the fairy land. The part that I enjoyed the most was the conversation of the grandma with the policeman. That was pretty funny.
    The only thing that I was wondering about was if you were giving too much info in the long pitch. See how other people feel about it.
    High stars.

  • GILLIAN.M.H's avatar
    GILLIAN.M.H wrote 1 year, 11 months ago
    I could feel Sandra's exasperation with her lazy husband, Arthur, who probably only works an hour a day longer at his job, but dismisses her work as 'part-time.' [ He sounds like the sort of jerk who would not lift a finger if he retires before his wife, imo. The conversation with the police who were going to send bubble cars out had me laughing out loud. Chapter 2 - This one has much to appeal to children. Rhymes, gnomes ...
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  • Sheena Macleod's avatar
    Sheena Macleod wrote 1 year, 11 months ago

    Brain, great to see a longer story from you - Following your two books of short stories.
    Again, this will appeal to your readers.
    I would like to see Emma & the Magic Bubble Machine illustrated.

    Suggested edits
    Emma (and) the Magic Bubble Machine
    Long Pitch - Which turns out to be true
    Good luck with publishing

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