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Altoona Baboona
Bynum, Janie.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego, Calif. : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 x 23 cm
Altoona Baboona travels the world in her hot air balloon.
Reading Level:
AD 430 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 48091.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.8 1 Quiz: 28106 Guided reading level: F.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Altoona Baboona is lonely and bored on her dune-a. So off she goes in search of adventure in her hot air balloon-a. But a little lost Loon-a and a jazzy Raccoon-a help her find something even better. . . . Little ones will want to pack their bags and join Altoona Baboona for this high-flying, rip-rhyming adventure--an unforgettable trip that proves friendship is the greatest discovery of all!

Author Notes

JANIE BYNUM has illustrated several children's books, including Too Big, Too Small, Just Right by Frances Minters and her own Altoona Baboona and Altoona Up North. She lives in Michigan.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This one-joke, disjointed text does not measure up to the humor of Bynum's artwork: it is the first book she has both written and illustrated. Altoona Baboona travels by hot air balloon-a to Cancun-a and Rangoon-a, bringing home Raccoon-a and Loon-a to live with her on her dune-a. The digital pen, ink and watercolor illustrations are fresh and lively, with airy landscapes and a pleasing gracefulness of line. But without any character or plot development, the book never really takes off. One can only hope to see Bynum's artistic talents applied to more of a story very soon-a. Ages 2-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This humorous story is written in snappy verse suitable for reading aloud. Altoona Baboona is bored with her ordinary life on a "dune-a," so she sets off in search of adventure in a "hot air balloon-a." She tries to land in "Cancun-a," but winds blow her to "Rangoon-a," where she finds a lost loon and gives it a lift. Next, she is joined by a "jazzy raccoon-a" playing a saxophone. Eventually, the monkey returns to her home on the beach with two new friends. Altoona is a sympathetic character and the idea of flying off to parts unknown will appeal to young adventurers. The colorful, digital pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations add humorous details, e.g., the bored expression on the baboon's face at the beginning of the journey and the essential supplies she takes along (bananas, a trunk, sunglasses, and a camera). In the last picture, Altoona and her new friends are joyously roasting marshmallows over a campfire. An enjoyable romp.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.