6602809“It appeared unexpectedly.  Peeking out of the polar bear’s saddle, a hint of paper.”  So begins Please Bring Balloons.  A magical adventure’s stage is set with a carousel, a carousel polar bear, a little girl on her way to and from school, a piece of paper, and a balloon.  With each day, more and more balloons are added and the magic of a northward, skyward journey takes place for a young girl and her carousel polar bear friend.

Simply told, artistically illustrated, this delightful story opens a make-believe world to children of all ages.  I loved it all.

The art intrigued me as the cut paper pieces are collages of varied shapes made of primary writing paper, regular notebook paper, graph paper, paper with math problems, numbers, and musical notations on the pieces, snippets of paper with very neat handwriting, calendars, even origami.  Whitewashed maps of real places become the destinations for this magical journey.

Do not miss the back cover:  two small carousel polar bears are holding the ISBN/price label at an angle on the dust cover.  I was delighted to find that giving me a great big smile!  CUTE!

I imagine we will be seeing more from Lindsay Ward!

Reading Level:  3-5 years old

Honorable Mention for Best Escape Picture Book 2013 by Huffington Post

“Lindsay Ward is fascinated by the way the world looks from above and has always wanted to write a story with a little magic.  Add to that the fact that her parents actually met painting carousel animals….”  Please Bring Balloons seems to be a perfect fit for Ms. Ward, both as the author and the illustrator.  Originally from California, Lindsay journeyed across the USA to attend college @ Syracuse University where it snows and where she received her BFA in Illustration.  She has illustrated a number of children’s picture books.  Ms. Ward’s other books as both author and illustrator are Pelly and Mr. Harrison Visit the Moon (Kane/Miller) and When Blue Met Egg (Dial Books for Young Readers).   You can visit her on the web at lindsaymward.com or check out her blog at respectthecupcake.blogspot.com.  She also designs social stationary and wedding invitations, selling them through her Etsy Shop, Borrowed & Blue.

Book Information

  • ISBN-13: 9780803738782
  • Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers (an imprint of Penguin Books)
  • Publication date: 10/17/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Originally reviewed 3-2-2014


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