“This tightly paced narrative soars.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An owl and a monkey confront jealousy, the fickleness of want, and the influence of other perspectives in this high-energy story.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A definite purchase that will be checked out again and again.” —School Library Journal
Owl has a balloon. Monkey does not. What will happen next? Hint: this is not a book about sharing.
Owl has a red balloon. Monkey does not. “That red balloon matches my shiny red tie,” says Monkey. “I’d look fancy walking to school with a shiny red balloon. The only thing I’ve ever wanted, since right now, is a shiny, big red balloon. It would make me SO HAPPY!” But Owl does not want to give it to him. So Monkey tries to find something that Owl wants: a teddy bear, a robot, a picture of TEN balloons. Owl does not want any of these things. But then, Monkey offers him...a sock!
Hmmmmm...Owl is intrigued. Will he trade his shiny red balloon with Monkey?
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books|
|Product dimensions:||8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Ariel Bernstein is very good at sharing. As long as it’s not movie popcorn and M&M’s. She is the author of I Have a Balloon (which received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews and was a Junior Library Guild Selection) and Where Is My Balloon? She lives in New Jersey with her family, many mismatched socks, and the occasional balloon. Learn more at ArielBernsteinBooks.com.
Scott Magoon is the author-illustrator of Breathe, a Kirkus Reviews Best Read Aloud, a Huffington Post Best Book of 2014, and Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2014; and The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot, which Kirkus Reviews called, “Entertaining and clever—and that’s no lie.” Among the many books he has illustrated is Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer, which School Library Journal called, “A fun and delightful read for all children who have both a monsterly and a kind side.” Scott lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Visit him online at ScottMagoon.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My children and I absolutely love this book! Owl has a shiny red balloon, but Monkey wants it for himself. He offers to trade numerous items for the balloon, but Owl won't have it. When Monkey pulls out his sock with a star on it and a perfectly shaped hole, Owl starts thinking that maybe his balloon isn't so great after all. This is a fun book about appreciating what you have, and the final illustration adds a clever twist.