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Children's LiteratureWhere do balloons go? It is an age-old question that is asked when the balloon string slips through fingers and begins its mysterious adventure. This title offers a new version of that magical flight and destination and ties in other fanciful schemes related to the source of the tooth fairy's coins and balloon fairy's recycling scraps into like-new balloons. Nick's bumblebee-shaped balloon escapes and so begins its imaginary escapade to the big castle made of lost balloons. Visitors (readers) spend the day in complicated Balloon Land and celebrate the queen's birthday. One and two-page dramatic color illustrations show off the events against a background of blue skies and white clouds. Enchantment is scarce as one observes the too human-like angels on each overcrowded spread and the bizarre placement of what appears to be false teeth in the pixie and balloon pet smiles. Missing, too, is the customary magic wand. In its place is a strange and dangerous weapon—a big sharp pin. This fantasy (described on the book jacket as a fable) is filled with too many details and fails to create a sense of wonder. Look for the whimsical rhyming tale with its pastel illustrations, Where Do Balloons Go? It is an "Uplifting Mystery" by Jamie Lee Curtis that explores the magic of escaping balloons and expands a young reader's imagination. 2004, Red Rock Press, Ages 5 to 8.