The Blue Balloon – Mick Inkpen

Today it’s my stop on the Kipper’s Big Blue Balloon blog tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this picture book classic. ‘The Blue Balloon,’ was released just as I started my first foray into the library world working as a volunteer at my local library as part of a Duke of Edinburgh scheme. I still remember casting my eyes on the original book and becoming completely enchanted by the loveable puppy Kipper. When my girls were growing up, the Kipper books were a firm favourite in our bookshelf collection. So it has been so joyous to delve back into Kipper’s world in this special edition.

When Kipper finds a soggy blue balloon in the garden, it seems just like an ordinary balloon at first. But it’s not. It has magical powers so no matter how much you blow it, it never pops, it can turn square and take you on adventures to new and wonderful places. This book is a real celebration of the power of play and using your imagination to take you to worlds where there are no limits. I love the fantastic fold-out pages these really captivate children when you are reading this story aloud as they gasp at the size and shapes that this magic balloon makes. The beautiful illustrations with the use of a soft, muted palette makes this book endlessly appealing for children. It’s an absolute delight for younger readers that can be shared over and over again. What fun to be back in Kipper’s world again!

 

Blog Tour

Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour for more reviews and Kipper fun!

Thank you to Lucy and Hodder for inviting me to join in with the blog tour and for sending me a gifted copy of this gorgeous book in exchange for an hones review. This special 30th Anniversary edition is available to buy now online or from any good bookshop.

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