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I Have A Balloon

Owl has a balloon. Monkey does not. What will happen next? Hint: this is not a book about sharing.

I have a balloon. You have a balloon.

Let's make a deal.

I Have a Balloon
By Ariel Bernstein

Owl has a bright beautiful shiny red balloon. Monkey does not—but oh, how he wants Owl's. Owl does not want to give it to Monkey. So he tries to find something that Owl wants: a teddy bear, a robot, a picture of TEN balloons. Owl does not want any of these things. But then, Monkey offers him…a sock!

Hmmmmm…Owl is intrigued thanks to Monkey's compelling sock sales pitch. Will Monkey strike his deal with Owl and will they make their trade?

I loved author Ariel Bernstein's fresh look at negotiation and compromise and I think you and your young readers will too. 

Published by Paula Wiseman Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), I Have A Balloon will also be available to read on iPadKindle and Nook apps and devices.


  • We had a cover reveal and an author/illustrator interview over at All the Wonders.

Reviews to come!

I Have a Balloon

Behind the Scenes

Here are some development sketches I created while working on I Have a Balloon. Click on the thumbnails to expand and read more about each.