I Have a Balloon – written by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon


  I Have a Balloon – written by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781481472500, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? This simple yet fast-paced tale is adorably refreshing!  This book is definitely NOT about sharing, but contains recognizable feelings as well as many opportunity for laughs and creative thinking.  Owl does NOT want to share his balloon so Monkey tries to convince her to trade in a series of silly proposals with a great use of repetitive text and expressive artwork.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  My only complaint is that because this is Bernstein’s debut book we can’t buy any of her other titles yet!  This author is stellar!

To whom would you recommend this bookAll older preschool students (i.e. old enough to know that sharing is important) up to third grade (perhaps even older if you have a great group of eager listeners).  Anyone who has ever wanted something will understand Monkey’s desire to find a trade.

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture Book Collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!  Enjoy your hilarious five minutes of reading!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: October 6, 2017

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