The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen

The Blue BalloonKipper is undoubtedly one of the best-loved characters in children’s literature and this year he is celebrating a very special birthday. The little pup has just turned 30! To mark the occasion, ‘The Blue Balloon’ (Kipper’s very first adventure) has been re-released in a shiny new anniversary edition.

When we first meet Kipper he is carrying a soggy little blue balloon. He takes it to his owner, a small boy, and together they play with it. It’s not long before they realise that it is a very special balloon indeed. They squish it and squash it and kick it and stretch it but it just doesn’t burst – not even when Kipper tries to bite it! It changes shape all by itself and one day it floats so high that Kipper and the little boy find themselves up amongst the stars! 

Ivy loves balloons so naturally this book has really captured her imagination. There are fold out pages and little flaps which cause lots of excitement and she has a real fondness for Kipper.

As a parent I love the idea of a whole book written around something as simple as a balloon. It’s such a great way of showing children how easy it is to find joy and magic in small things.

It’s a fantastic story to read out loud and gives you lots of opportunity to be dramatic! The illustrations have definitely stood the test of time and I love how simple and innocent the book feels.

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Disclosure: The publisher provided us with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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