Where Do Balloons Go?: An Uplifting Mystery

Where Do Balloons Go?: An Uplifting Mystery

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by Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Cornell
     
 

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Jamie Lee Curtis's gentle and humorous exploration of the joys and perils of a balloon's life is whimsically brought to life by Laura Cornell's illustrations. From the best-selling author-illustrator team of Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make My Day comes a delightful story about letting go.

When one little boy accidentally lets go of

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Jamie Lee Curtis's gentle and humorous exploration of the joys and perils of a balloon's life is whimsically brought to life by Laura Cornell's illustrations. From the best-selling author-illustrator team of Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make My Day comes a delightful story about letting go.

When one little boy accidentally lets go of his balloon, his imagination takes him on a journey...

Where do balloons go when you let them go free?
It can happen by accident.
It happened to me.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This far-fetched tale by the creators of Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day may well raise youngsters' spirits as verse and art muse fancifully on the possible fates of wayward balloons. Cornell casts the balloons in human roles as the young narrator, a boy who has accidentally let go of his balloon's string, wonders, "Where do they go when they float far away? Do they ever catch cold and need somewhere to stay?" The zany accompanying cartoon pictures show a balloon sitting on the couch in a doctor's waiting room and another approaching a hotel, its string attached to a suitcase. In other scenarios, balloons dine in a restaurant, write postcards home and "cha-cha with birds" on the wing of an airplane, culminating in a four-page fold-out spread of "a big balloon dance." Bursting with color and balloons of all shapes, sizes and functions (many balloons making encore appearances bear clever messages or advertisements), Cornell's busy art provides ample diversion for young readers. Though not as memorable as some of the collaborators' earlier work, this volume, like the high-flying balloon that sets a boy's imagination soaring, is way out there--in a kid-pleasing way. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature
All of us have watched a helium balloon sailing high up in the sky, leaving a sad somebody behind on the ground. Where do they go, really? Do they tango with airplanes? Or cha-cha with birds? Everyone will have fun with the fresh language and witty, colorful illustrations of this sophisticated picture book. Kids of all ages will pore over the details. There is a postcard a balloon might send another balloon ("Enjoying the hot air treatments, keeping full and shiny") and balloons sitting at the "Coffee and Helium House," reading. It is hilarious. The book design is also very clever. There are two pages that surprise the reader by opening-up to a big balloon dance. Best of all, there are re-usable stickers of balloons, sunglasses, funny hats—all things from the illustrations, and two glossy areas, one of a blue sky, and the other outer space, to play on. Who could be sad about losing a balloon after all that? With so much going for it, this book is sure to be very popular. 2000, HarperCollins/Joanna Cotler Books, $16.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Nancy Partridge
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-"Where do balloons go when you let them go free?" That's the question explored by this child narrator. All kinds of possibilities are considered: Do they catch cold? Get married? Correspond? And the dangers must be considered: wires, trees, tall buildings, balloon-twisting clowns, and balloon-chasing dogs, not to mention the perils of heat from the sun. And just how far do they go? While there are no definite answers to all this speculation, the fun is in the wondering ("Do they tango with airplanes? Or cha-cha with birds?") and in the whimsical cartoon art that raises the prospects to new heights. Combining small vignettes with double-page spreads and even a four-page foldout, Cornell uses lush watercolors and lots of lettering on unconventionally shaped balloons and vehicles to add plenty of visual humor. The illustrations are riotously colorful, textured, and jam packed with details that extend the basic idea. A lighthearted romp to pore over and enjoy.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Clarissa Cruz
As th brightly colored orbs encounter everything from power lines to balloon-twisting clowns, the story evolves into a touching metaphor for parents learning to let their kids go, But it's the witty details in Cornell's illustrations that make this a multigenerational treat.
Entertainment Weekly

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060279806
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/29/2000
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
161,801
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD230L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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