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Where do balloons go? : an uplifting mystery
Curtis, Jamie Lee, 1958-
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Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 26 cm
A child wonders about what happens to a balloon that is let go, as a parent would wonder about what might happen to a child once he leaves home.
General Note:
"Joanna Cotler books."
Reading Level:
AD 230 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.3 0.5 45465.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 23836 Guided reading level: M.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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A funny, touching picture book about letting go, from the bestselling author-illustrator team behind Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make My Day.

Jamie Lee Curtis's gentle and humorous exploration of the joys and perils of a balloon's life is whimsically brought to life by Laura Cornell's illustrations. When one little boy accidentally lets go of his balloon, his imagination takes him on a journey...

Where do balloons go

when you let them go free?

It can happen by accident.

It happened to me.

Where Do Balloons Go? has levels of meaning that will speak to kids and adults. An approachable way to explore feelings about loss and change.

Author Notes

Jamie Lee Curtis was born in Los Angeles, California in 1958. She is the child of Hollywood legends Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. She began her film career with such horror films as "Halloween" and "The Fog." In 1983 she starred in "Trading Places" with Eddie Murphy and she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She became recognized as a comedic actress. In 1994 she won a Golden Globe award for her role in "True Lies."

In 1993 she began writing children's books with her illustrator, Laura Cornell. Two of her New York Times Best Sellers are, My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives, in 2012 and This is me: A Story of Who We Are and Where We Came From, in 2016.

She has been married to Christopher Guest since 1984. The couple has two adopted children, Anne Hayden Guest and Thomas Hayden Guest. She resides in California

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This far-fetched tale by the creators of Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day may well raise youngsters' spirits as verse and art muse fancifully on the possible fates of wayward balloons. Cornell casts the balloons in human roles as the young narrator, a boy who has accidentally let go of his balloon's string, wonders, "Where do they go when they float far away? Do they ever catch cold and need somewhere to stay?" The zany accompanying cartoon pictures show a balloon sitting on the couch in a doctor's waiting room and another approaching a hotel, its string attached to a suitcase. In other scenarios, balloons dine in a restaurant, write postcards home and "cha-cha with birds" on the wing of an airplane, culminating in a four-page fold-out spread of "a big balloon dance." Bursting with color and balloons of all shapes, sizes and functions (many balloons making encore appearances bear clever messages or advertisements), Cornell's busy art provides ample diversion for young readers. Though not as memorable as some of the collaborators' earlier work, this volume, like the high-flying balloon that sets a boy's imagination soaring, is way out thereÄin a kid-pleasing way. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-"Where do balloons go when you let them go free?" That's the question explored by this child narrator. All kinds of possibilities are considered: Do they catch cold? Get married? Correspond? And the dangers must be considered: wires, trees, tall buildings, balloon-twisting clowns, and balloon-chasing dogs, not to mention the perils of heat from the sun. And just how far do they go? While there are no definite answers to all this speculation, the fun is in the wondering ("Do they tango with airplanes? Or cha-cha with birds?") and in the whimsical cartoon art that raises the prospects to new heights. Combining small vignettes with double-page spreads and even a four-page foldout, Cornell uses lush watercolors and lots of lettering on unconventionally shaped balloons and vehicles to add plenty of visual humor. The illustrations are riotously colorful, textured, and jam packed with details that extend the basic idea. A lighthearted romp to pore over and enjoy.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.