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5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Balloon introduces a new character to children's story-time..., 8 Feb. 2008
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This review is from: The Blue Balloon (Kipper) (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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