The Blue Balloon

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The kids have a book called the Blue Balloon, written by Mick Inkpen (if you can believe that). It's a delightful book with nice illustrations and a good story line and interesting pull out pages. Most importantly for any book you would ever want to read to your kids, it's short. Mercifully, it's very short. It takes about 4 minutes to read. Which after reading books to the kids for the last 9 years and reading the same stories over and over and over and over again, short is good.

The Blue Balloon was reviewed on the 9 to Noon show on Radio NZ about 6 years. I heard Kim Hill and one of her groupies reviewing it and thought it sounded like a fun story. So I ordered it from Flying Pig (may it rest in piece).

The book starts off

The day after my birthday party Kipper found a soggy blue balloon in the garden. It was odd because the balloons at my party were red and white. I blew it up.

Everytime I read that first page, I wonder if I should tell the giblets that they really should touch soggy balloons that a dog has found in the garden. And most importantly they shouldn't try blowing them up!

Perhaps I'm reading too much into Mick Inkpen's thinking.

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Posted: Thursday, 8 September, 2005 19:57

Captured: 2005:09:03 14:25:22

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  • The power of a name....There is a real estate agent working in our area.....Yvonne Seekup (from SA).....My lads are waiting until Bayley's hire a Suzie D-Cup.
    Michele - Friday, 9 September, 2005 8:02
  • now i just have to train you about the other parts of grammar :)
    manda - Friday, 9 September, 2005 8:03
  • After taking the photo of the dumped milk bottle, did you pick it up?
    Dinny - Friday, 9 September, 2005 16:06
  • ummmmm. No I didn't. Sorry. It was a long walk back to the car and I was already carrying the camera bag, and all the paraphenalia that kids require you to take to the beach. It' looked to arty to be moved too!
    Dave - Friday, 9 September, 2005 16:07
  • I reckon you have found the beach where the NSCC buries its milk bottles for them to biodegrade....cos I don't reckon they get recycled.....and that one looks just like one of ours that the male members of the household have ommited to take the cap off before recycling.
    Michele - Friday, 9 September, 2005 17:13
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    Dave - Monday, 12 September, 2005 13:13

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