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.
Pop goes the Monkey.
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?
I love this book because its about making mistakes and asking forgiveness.
When Owl asks Monkey to hold their balloon, Monkey’s excited. Monkey puts the balloon in their toy sock. They tie the balloon to their sock. They hit the balloon with their sock…and the balloon pops. When Owl returns and asks for the balloon back, Monkey tries substituting other items, but neither the pillow, the chair, nor the fire engine tricks Owl. After Owl punctures all of Monkey’s prevarications, Monkey comes clean about the fate of Owl’s balloon. Owl is so angry that while Monkey is sobbing, Owl rips up Monkey’s sock! Now it’s Owl’s turn to substitute items. Bernstein and Magoon reteam for this second Owl and Monkey (and balloon) tale, following I Have a Balloon(2017), this time addressing owning up (eventually) to mistakes made. Fans of Elephant and Piggie will be right at home with the humor and the repartee (although the entirety of the text is dialogue, it is not in speech bubbles). Though the tale might not model best behavior, young listeners will identify with the two friends. Magoon’s digitally rendered illustrations are bright, dynamic, and expressive, with heavy lines, and they reinforce the characters’ emotions nicely. The two scenes where first Monkey and then Owl are overcome will have readers in stitches.
Good for storytimes on honesty and sharing…even if Monkey and Owl don’t have those concepts under their fur and feathers quite yet. (Picture book. 2-7) —Kirkus Reviews
In case you missed it...
Check out book 1! 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? Learn more.
Behind the Scenes
Here are some development sketches I created while working on Where Is My Balloon?. Click on the thumbnails to expand and read more about each.