Zebedee's Balloon
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Zebedee’s Balloon

Alice Briere-Haquet, Olivier Philipponneau

Zebedee has a balloon which he takes everywhere with him, but one day the balloon disappears! Where is it? Zebedee wanders in the night in order to find it. He is afraid, and feels lonely without his precious balloon. He hears a noise! What is it? It’s just the old owl who wants to reassure him. The owl joins Zebedee in finding the balloon but each time they think they have found it, they meet another animal ready to help Zebedee in his quest. Will they finally find the balloon? Will Zebedee be all alone without it? A beautiful story about friendship and trust.


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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