Zebedee's Balloon
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Zebedee’s Balloon

Alice Briere-Haquet, Olivier Philipponneau

Zebedee has got a balloon which he brings everywhere with him. But oneday the balloon disappears! Where is it? Zebedee wanders in the night in order tofind it. He is afraid, and feels lonely without his precious balloon. Will they finally find the balloon? A beautiful story about friendship and trust. Reproduced on heavy, buff cardstock, the arresting black-and-white woodcuts, with pops of red for the balloon and its impostors, exemplify the organic charm of the medium. Crisp lines are softened with inky bits and shards, and flat backgrounds swirl with wood-grain movement. […] this fresh, graphic synthesis of a counting and bedtime story promises to delight young viewers (and their grown-ups) with an eye for artistry and detail.–The Booklist French artist Philipponneau’s striking wood engravings are the centerpiece of this counting story; he revels in the textures and contrasts that the medium offers, and his folk art-like depictions of the night forest are handsome enough to stand on their own. […]The rough-hewn artwork and thick matte paper stock are lovely.–Publishers Weekly Zebedee’s Balloon is a touching read for parents to read along with children, highly recommended. Also from Auzou Publishing and Alice Briere-Haquet is Peter and the Moon (9782733819401, $16.95), a cute tale of a young man who wants to give the moon to his mother, wonderfully illustrated by Celia Chauffrey.–Midwest Book Review

Review

Oo la la, I love this picture book that began life in France and now, with this English translation, we also get to enjoy. The charming two-tone wood engravings on lovely thick art paper make this book a joy to handle and you know what? Zebedee’s a cute little guy as well.

However, he has a problem. He has lost his balloon, which was his best friend and went everywhere with him. Lost in the night without ‘Ball’, he is scared. Owl takes him under his wing and as they search together they meet other creatures who all join in and voila, the search becomes a counting book. Zebedee has lots of new friends and isn’t scared of the dark anymore.

For ages two and up.

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