My Red Balloon
My Red Balloon

My Red Balloon



64 Pages, 11.25 x 8.5

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, ebook: PDF

Hardcover Picture Book, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $22.99)

Publication Date: May 2014

ISBN 9789888240722

Price: $18.99
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Winner of:Cooperative Children's Book Center CHOICES Best of the YearA charming story about the power of friendshipA little girl begins a happy bus outing with her beautiful red balloon. But when the balloon suddenly flies away, the bus driver and a passenger bear gallantly help follow the balloon. A wild chase begins and along the way a rabbit, a polar bear, a penguin, and a giraffe all join in to help as they follow the wayward balloon. And when a bird pecks the balloon with its beak, the result makes all their effort seem in vain, but the little girl's new friends once again come to the rescue with just the right words of comfort.


"A quiet bedtime excursion for the youngest readers." —Publishers Weekly

"Yamada's debut tells a simple story with words and illustrations that are both spare and evocative. . . . sweet curiosity." —Abby Nolan,

"Minimalist, collage-like illustrations accompany the succinct narrative in this philosophical story of friendship and determination." —Linda Watkins, School Library Journal

"The children of modern, worry-filled parents will find this girl's solo adventure on the bus inspiring. This buoyant tale elegantly conveys the sustaining gift of friendship." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Biography

Kazuaki Yamada is an architect and an illustrator.