Where Is My Balloon?
Owl and Monkey from I Have a Balloon are back! But what happened to Owl’s balloon? Find out in this hilarious picture book about making mistakes and finding forgiveness.Owl has a balloon. Monkey has a sock with a star and a perfectly shaped hole. But then Owl asks Monkey to hold his balloon, just for a second. What do you think happens? POP! When Owl returns and asks for his balloon, Monkey offers him everything under the sun…except for the balloon. Can their friendship survive this catastrophe?Kirkus Reviews praised Owl and Monkey’s first adventure, I Have a Balloon, “This tightly paced narrative soars,” in a starred review.

Where Is My Balloon? Details

TitleWhere Is My Balloon?
Author
ReleaseJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
ISBN-139781534414518
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals, Humor, Funny

Where Is My Balloon? Review

  • Carmen
    January 1, 1970
    This book is only made up of dialogue. Owl has a red balloon. Monkey has a sock.Owl asks Monkey to hold the balloon while he/she goes somewhere.Monkey does and s/he has a lot of fun playing with it.It pops accidentally.When Owl comes back asking for her/his balloon, Monkey starts producing things and claiming they are her/his balloon. Monkey gives Owl the sock to hold while he/she checks.Monkey produces an orange pillow, a red chair, a fire truck, a red parachute... only to be told it is not the This book is only made up of dialogue. Owl has a red balloon. Monkey has a sock.Owl asks Monkey to hold the balloon while he/she goes somewhere.Monkey does and s/he has a lot of fun playing with it.It pops accidentally.When Owl comes back asking for her/his balloon, Monkey starts producing things and claiming they are her/his balloon. Monkey gives Owl the sock to hold while he/she checks.Monkey produces an orange pillow, a red chair, a fire truck, a red parachute... only to be told it is not the red balloon.Finally Monkey breaks down crying."I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE! OWL, I WAS PLAYING WITH YOUR BALLOON AND IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! IT WAS BIG AND RED AND SHINY AND ROUND AND HAD A STRING AND FLEW IN THE AIR! BUT THEN IT POPPED! AND I'M SO SORRY!"Owl does not take this well. He/She sobs and sobs and throws a little fit, tearing up Monkey's balloon in the process. Somehow, Monkey doesn't see this.When the tantrum is over, Owl sees the sock she/he just destroyed. Owl tells Monkey that she/he is sad to lose the balloon, but that he/she forgives Monkey.Monkey is grateful and tells Owl they can play together with his/her sock. Of course, the sock is destroyed and the evidence has been removed by Owl. So the book ends with Owl flying down with a big cowboy hat with a star on it and claiming it is Monkey's sock. Monkey looks exasperated.THE END.So. I can't really say this was good. One of the good things about it is realistic child behavior, like lying to cover up when they think they are going to get in trouble, eventually tearfully confessing. The other child hearing their toy is destroyed throws a small temper tantrum. Maybe even destroying the offending child's toy in a sort of revenge fit of anger. (Although I'm not altogether sure destroying the sock was a conscious decision on Owl's part.) It's surprising to me, though, that Owl chooses to lie and start the whole cycle over at the end. I was hoping the characters would learn and grow. I suppose it's supposed to be funny.TL;DR While portraying typical young child behavior in here, I'm not sure there's any point. I guess humor? Although I didn't find it particularly funny.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Such a sweet and funny book! I read this out loud to my first grade class. They loved it! Direct quotes: “This author is funny!” “I like how silly the monkey is when he brings all the wrong stuff to the owl!” “I think the NEXT book will be all about the stuff the owl brings to the monkey. Do we have THAT book to read next?!” They are already ready for the next book! Well done!
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  • Diana Murray
    January 1, 1970
    I so appreciate the short text. Not a word is wasted! The author truly understands how kids think. This was sooo funny and so kid-friendly. Will definitely be a hit. And can bring up a discussion of ethics, as well, even though it's not didactic at all. Can be paired with "I Want My Hat Back".
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  • Chana Stiefel
    January 1, 1970
    In this hilarious sequel by Ariel Bernstein, Owl asks Monkey to keep an eye on his balloon. But Monkey being Monkey can’t seem to control himself. Mayhem ensues resulting in a big, red POP! (It’s hard to choose a favorite spread with illustrations by Scott Magoon, but this one’s up there!) Will Monkey fess up? And how will Owl respond? Kids will love this fun read aloud and the discussion that will surely follow, touching on responsibility, truth, revenge, forgiveness, and friendship. Deceptivel In this hilarious sequel by Ariel Bernstein, Owl asks Monkey to keep an eye on his balloon. But Monkey being Monkey can’t seem to control himself. Mayhem ensues resulting in a big, red POP! (It’s hard to choose a favorite spread with illustrations by Scott Magoon, but this one’s up there!) Will Monkey fess up? And how will Owl respond? Kids will love this fun read aloud and the discussion that will surely follow, touching on responsibility, truth, revenge, forgiveness, and friendship. Deceptively simple and simply delightful!
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    A silly book! Owl asks Monkey to hold her balloon. Monkey plays with the balloon and accidentally pops it. Then he tries to convince Owl of all of the other red things are the balloon to no avail. It gets really silly with all of the red things that Monkey tries to convince Owl. Owl has a major meltdown over his balloon, which is illustrated so perfectly with dark blues and purples. During that meltdown, Owl sort of destroys Monkey's sock. Then the same game of Owl trying to convince Monkey star A silly book! Owl asks Monkey to hold her balloon. Monkey plays with the balloon and accidentally pops it. Then he tries to convince Owl of all of the other red things are the balloon to no avail. It gets really silly with all of the red things that Monkey tries to convince Owl. Owl has a major meltdown over his balloon, which is illustrated so perfectly with dark blues and purples. During that meltdown, Owl sort of destroys Monkey's sock. Then the same game of Owl trying to convince Monkey starts again.
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  • Katey Howes
    January 1, 1970
    This laugh out loud sequel to Bernstein and Magoon's I HAVE A BALLOON is, if possible, funnier than the first! When Owl asks Monkey to hold his balloon for a minute, (spoiler alert!) it pops! Owl asks for his balloon back, and Monkey tries to convince him that other big, red, things are his balloon - to no avail. When Owl discovers his balloon is gone, and Monkey offers his favorite sock in trade, the tables are turned - with hilarious results. A fabulous choice for story time or anytime.
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  • Jodi McKay
    January 1, 1970
    I smiled the whole time while reading this book. Owl and Monkey are two clever characters who know how to use their creativity and intelligence to get themselves out of trouble, but when it comes down to it, they also know how to be honest and apologize. Kids will laugh at what Monkey comes up with to trick Owl and also learn the value of saying sorry. Both the author and the illustrator brought humor, heart, and a whole lot of fun to this story.
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  • Michelle Schaub
    January 1, 1970
    This delightful sequel to I Have A Balloon, with its repeating and escalating refrain, will make a great read aloud. Magoon’s illustration hints at the page turns are perfect for practicing prediction skills, and Berstein’s underlying message about telling the truth and forgiveness pairs well with SEL curriculum. Excellent choice for the classroom and beyond!
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  • Andria Rosenbaum
    January 1, 1970
    CAN FRIENDSHIP SURVIVE CALAMITY?In this wonderful sequel to I HAVE A BALLOON, Bernstein and Magoon deliver a fresh take on the trials and tribulations of friendship and sharing. Here we see what happens when friends mess up. Do they confess? And how are their confession received in turn? Illustrated with exuberance and emotional impact. Tailored for toddlers of ANY age. Highly recommended.
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  • Gina Perry
    January 1, 1970
    Owl and Monkey make a triumphant return - and this story is bigger, and bolder than the last but with the same thread of friendship and humor throughout. I just love the bold color fills that reflect the big emotions these two feel during the story. Full of fun and heart and silliness. And of course, the perils of sharing!
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  • Gretchen
    January 1, 1970
    This hilarious cautionary tale has deep roots. Besides providing laughs, it provides the context for lots of important discussions about trust, honesty, revenge, making amends and forgiveness. Thank goodness the ending hints at another adventure to come. Humans will love this book, especially those masquerading as owls and monkeys!
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  • Eileen Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    Owl and Monkey are BACK!!! In this funny sequel to I HAVE A BALLOON is a great storytime read aloud! The book explores friendship, making mistakes and finding forgiveness with good humor and care. Perfect for at home and in the classroom.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    Owl and Monkey return in this hilarious sequel.
  • Oona
    January 1, 1970
    Adorable sequel!!!
  • Corey Schwartz
    January 1, 1970
    Ariel Bernstein and Scott Magoon outdo themselves in this funny follow up to I HAVE A BALLOON. Owl and Monkey's antics are highly amusing and parents and kids will easily relate to their feelings and experiences. A fun, engaging read!
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Kids are going to love this book.
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