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The Blue Balloon (Kipper) Hardcover – 20 May 1993

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; Miniature ed edition (20 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034058632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340586327
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 15.1 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 763,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mick Inkpen has long since made his mark on the hearts and minds of children with his warm and humorous story books starring some of the most lovable and enduring characters a child is ever likely to encounter, including the much loved Kipper andWibbly Pig.

The Blue Balloon--the tale of an ordinary, soggy old balloon which suddenly becomes "Indestructible with Strange and Wonderful Powers"--was first published in 1989 and shows the author at his very best. Inkpen's bewitching formula of simple story and clear, bright illustrations draws his young readers into the centre of a world where the name of the game is fun.

With new and witty touches throughout the book and plenty of pull-outs and peek-a-boos to keep keen young fingers entertained, this all-time favourite's 10th-Anniversary edition will introduce the wonders of that mysterious balloon to a new audience. At the same time it will tickle the literary taste-buds of the legions of young fans who already take pleasure in this most magical yet endearingly elementary of stories.

Inkpen says that The Blue Balloon seemed to write itself, and perhaps that is part of the charm. But as the balloon--at first rather sad and pathetic--gets bigger and bigger and better and better it is easy to see why Mick Inkpen has become so popular with toddlers and parents alike. (Ages 3 to 5) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This Inkpen classic features some of the best examples of fold-outs ever... although thanks to some very enthusiastic young hands our copy's mostly held together with sticky-tape now. (The Guardian (Aidan Moffat))

Beautifully illustrated and full of the kinds of visual surprises kids love. (What's On (July 1993))

Inkpen's pale watercolours against a white background give a cool, calm feel, while the use of pull-out pages and sequences of pictures give an animated feel. Beginner readers will be able to tackle the simple text, but it's a great story to share with all ages. (Junior, July 2000)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Colette Morris on 5 Oct. 2000
Format: Paperback
My kids (one and two) love this book. It is a simple story about a magic balloon, and it has lots of colour and magic and (important as far as my kids are concerned) fold out bits. Not too long for limited attention spans, it really hits the spot. This is definitely one of their top five books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Big Book Little Book on 24 April 2012
Format: Paperback
Helen: [...]

This is the current favourite bed time story in our house for both my 2 yr old and my 4 yr old. It makes sharing a bedtime story so much easier when you stumble across books they both adore!

Lots of children love balloons and this definitely appeals to that fascination. The story is simple, a boy finds a balloon and it turns out to be an extraordinary, indestructible and very thrilling. This balloon can change shape, size, colour and even better, it doesn't pop. It will even fly you to the moon.

This is all made more exciting by the different bits to pull or open out in the pictures. The enormous balloon has a page that opens out 4 times the size of the others. When the balloon is stretched a part of the page 'stretches' too, and so it goes on.

Verdict: The girls love the story and the pictures. It is a great book.

And for anyone interested in useless bits of information; this is also the story in which Kipper (the dog) makes his first appearance before going on to have his own series of books
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 8 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
.....'Kipper' the dog!

The story is about a little boy who finds a balloon which behaves like any other balloon.....most of the time......

But...... as we all know, ordinary behaviour is not part of the Inkpen strategy!

From the back cover:-

'Mick Inkpen's warm and witty storybooks have been loved by children around the world for many years.

The Blue Balloon is now a celebrated classic which continues to delight millions of children, taking pride of place on their bookshelves.
It is a book to be treasured, loved, read time and time again - and passed down to a whole new generation of children.'

A simply illustrated cover opens to 28 high quality pages, in 2-page spread format, with the added interest of some fold out pages.... especially..... the very last page!
Beautifully illustrated throughout. Clearly laid out text with just enough words on each page, in a good-sized print, to be stimulating but not over-powering.

Example of text:-

'The day after my birthday party Kipper found a soggy blue balloon in the garden.
It was odd because the balloons at my party were red and white.
I blew it up.
At first I thought it was an ordinary balloon.
But now I am not so sure.
It is shiny and squeaky and you can make rude noises with it. And if you give it a rub you can stick it on the ceiling.
Just like an ordinary balloon.
But there is something odd about my balloon.......'

And.......it certainly is a rather odd balloon - needing four times the size of the page, (and some dexterity), at one point, in this very different book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katerina Bampali on 10 Oct. 2009
Format: Paperback
I first saw this book while I was at University in England doing a BEd back in the 90's. It was read to us by a primary teacher explaining how she uses it in her classroom. I have been using it ever since with young learners of English as a foreign language. It is fun, easily understood and the children are always excited to see the illustrations and the changes of the blue balloon. I would suggest using some flashcards after you have read the book with the children so that they could put the story in order.
I would highly recommend it for all primary teachers, parents and teachers of English as a foreign language to use.
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By Gilly on 18 Dec. 2011
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I used to be a library assistant before taking early retirement, once a week we had a storytelling session at my library with various assistants taking it in turn to read a selection of books to the children. The Blue Balloon was my favourite to read to them. The text is simple and the pictures are a pure joy. The story offers plenty of opportunity to 'ham it up' and dramatise for a young audience. I have purchased this to read to my very young grandson, he's to young to appreciate it just yet but I hope in time it grows to become his favourite bed time story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ELH Browning VINE VOICE on 20 July 2006
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This is a beautifully illustrated story of a little boy and a balloon. The boy's dog is clearly recognisable as Kipper though he isn't key to the story and if your child doesn't yet know the Kipper character then this would be lovely gentle introduction. It's a simple tale of a boy playing with a rather magical balloon. Plus there's a pull-out page at the end with a surprise which never fails to amuse the children.

Kipper books vary widely in level from the very simple like `Splosh' which is a `first story book', for an 18-month old who just moving on from picture dictionary type books, to those with a story-line that is conceptually suited to a 4 year old (Kipper's birthday for example could be used to teach yesterday & tomorrow). This story falls towards the simpler end of this spectrum, perfect for a 2 year old, though my four and five year olds both still enjoy it.
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Having taught young children for many years and read this book to them the possibilities of bringing the book to life are endless.Blow up a large blue balloon and use it throughout the story. The children will be enthralled. I now have a 2 year old grandson who is just as animated and his little face is filled with awe and wonder when he sees the story come to life .Mick Inkpen is a master storyteller whose books never fail to engage both reader and listener
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