Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Review: The Blue Baboon iin the Big Balloon by Sarah and Steven Mostyn

The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon
By Sarah and Steven Mostyn
Publisher: Sarah and Steve Mostyn
Published: March 4, 2014

Oh, what adventures they have! Meet Harold the blue baboon. He has tea at half past three every afternoon. In his big balloon, Harold takes flight with a cast of delightful friends, as they soar off on a quest to explore outer space. 

Harold’s traveling companions include a troll named Dwight who wears red tights and fights with a feisty orange mite; Holly and Molly, prancing raccoons that live on the moon; and their friend Miranda, quite a talented panda who sings on her veranda. 

If your child likes Dr. Seuss, he/she will be captivated by the hilarious rhyming and fun characters that will soon become beloved friends. Sure to be a favorite bedtime tale, The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon is great for beginners or intermediate readers (ages 3-7). When you join in and read the tongue-twisting saga to them, the laugh factor increases by 10! 

For its unique style and brilliant illustrations, this book (available in paperback and Kindle) has been praised by the Children’s Book Review, Midwest Book Review and others. It’s destined to become a classic that your children will cherish. 

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My Thoughts:

The Blue Baboon and the Big Balloon is all about the sounds of the words and how they go together. It’s a book that calls out to be read aloud in order to get the full impact of its effect. The sillier the story, the better in fact and that is what attracts children to this book.

The Blue Baboon and the Big Balloon is about a baboon named Harold who flies to the moon with a variety of other characters. Everything in the story rhymes. The story is imaginative and all of it is pure fun. There are no morals or lessons to be learned.

The pictures are colourful and bright and delightful to look at. Children will have fun making up their own rhymes and perhaps creating their own stories of another trip with Harold and Gerald in the Big Balloon.

I think young children and beginning readers will enjoy this book. I gave this book 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the authors for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Authors:

Sarah and Steven Mostyn are the authors of “The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon,” their first self-published children’s book.

The authors were born and raised in Canada. Their family of five recently relocated to Texas.

They have developed their storytelling craft through the inspiration of their three young children: Jonah, Kayla and Daniel. They often sit together as a family brainstorming new, creative ideas for books, and enjoy retelling stories from their large collection of self-created family favorites.

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