Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon


Pip and Posy are friends (most of the time!) in the newest title in this series about the dramas of toddler life.

Pip is very proud of his big red balloon. But when he lets the balloon go and it pops, he is inconsolable. Luckily, Posy has a very clever idea to cheer up her friend and soon they are having fun again!

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Pip and Posy are friends (most of the time!) in the newest title in this series about the dramas of toddler life.

Pip is very proud of his big red balloon. But when he lets the balloon go and it pops, he is inconsolable. Luckily, Posy has a very clever idea to cheer up her friend and soon they are having fun again!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Pip, a rabbit, has a beautiful red balloon that he enjoyed. Happily, he shows to his friend, Posy who is a mouse. Pip along with Posy take the balloon for a walk in town where other individuals admire it with delighted glances and smiles. In front of a toy store, Pip unintentionally lets go of the balloon. The red balloon floats away with Pip and Posy chasing after it through the town and into the park. The balloon stops in the park; however, it pops when it runs against a tree branch. Pip is feeling down and he cries over the loss of his balloon. Posy has an idea to cheer up Pip. From the illustrations, children may infer the characters' emotions and feeling by examining the expressions on the faces. Some children may connect with Pip's emotions in this event. The story lends itself to talk about friendship and compassion. This book is one of several adventures of "Pip and Posy." Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Pip and Posy are back, and Pip has a jaunty red balloon for them to share, at least for a little while. The sight of it makes everyone smile, but then, in front of the toy store, tragedy strikes. Pip accidentally lets go. The frantic chase that ensues is not enough to save the balloon from its fate at the end of a sharp branch on a tree in the park. Pip is heartbroken and does not stop crying until Posy pulls two bottles of bubbles from her backpack. Together they blow bubbles that float away and pop-just like they are supposed to. Scheffler's illustrations mirror his previous books about these endearing characters with bold colors, fun details, and evocative expressions. The text and format are suited to group sharing as well as to early readers. Children will certainly connect with Pip's feelings of loss for a favorite thing and hopefully the ability to move beyond it.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
Bright, brief, undeniably cute but still rather bland, Pip and Posy's (The Scary Monster, 2012, etc.) third adventure involves a mishap with a red balloon. Vibrant gouache hues paint the everyday world of these two animal friends. "Pip had a…balloon of his very own. He liked it a lot." He shows it to Posy, and off they go on a walk. As they admire toys in a store window, "by mistake, Pip let the balloon go!" They chase after it until it pops on a sharp tree branch in the park. Pip is crushed: "He cried and cried and cried." Toddlers and preschoolers will relate to Pip's unfortunate turn of events and his ensuing tears. When Posy has the inspired idea to blow bubbles, Pip emerges from his misery and has some fun; they do not mind when they pop, "because that's what bubbles are supposed to do!" Simple text constructed with a controlled vocabulary and presented in a large font may make this a decent choice for new readers as well as a read-aloud for toddlers, even though the relative lack of story and pat ending limit its overall appeal. A mild, recognizable adventure for toddlers. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763663728
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Series: Pip and Posy Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 382,088
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Axel Scheffler attended The Bath Academy of Art. His books have been translated into more than forty languages and include the modern classic The Gruffalo, which has sold more than three-and-a-half million copies worldwide. He lives in London, England.
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