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Balloonia [Paperback]

By Audrey Wood (Author)
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Item description for Balloonia by Audrey Wood...

Where do balloons go at bedtime? Matthew has the answer but, as usual, his bossy sister Jessica needs to see the proof. A fun book that take the reader on a journey to the imaginary land of Balloonia.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   32
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.82" Width: 9.56" Height: 0.13"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 15, 2005
Publisher   Child's Play International Ltd
Age  3-7
ISBN  1904550495  
ISBN13  9781904550495  

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More About Audrey Wood

Audrey Wood AUDREY WOOD is the much-loved author of more than thirty books for children, including the bestselling The Napping House, Piggies, Heckedy Peg, and most recently, Piggy Pie Po, which she collaborated on with her husband, Don Wood. She lives in Hawaii.

In The Authors Own Words...

My first memories are of Sarasota, Florida in the winter quarters of the Ringling Brothers' Circus. I was one year old and remember it vividly. My father, an art student, was making extra income by repainting circus murals.

The people in the circus were my friends. I was bounced on the knee of the tallest man in the world and rocked in the arms of the fat lady who could not stand up. My first baby-sitters were a family of little people who lived in a trailer next to ours. They tAudrey2old me stories about the animals they worked with: Chi Chi the Chimpanzee, an elephant named Elder, and Gargantua the Gorilla.

My mother says I was a fast learner, always ahead of my age. My father taught me to swim before I could walk. I walked at seven months and climbed over a seven foot chain link fence when I was one year old. Everyone in the circus thought I was going to be a trapeze artist.

When I was two, I traveled with my parents to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where they studied art. Spanish became my second language. Because my mother read to me every day, I fell in love with books and was reading by age three.

My parents had two more girls, which made me the oldest sister. All of us were trained in the arts: music, dance, painting, and drama. We had a miniature stage in our basement, complete with light-bulb floodlights and a dusty red velvet curtain. Admission for the plays we produced was a bargain--twenty-five cents.

When I was in the first grade, I wanted to grow up to be an artist like my father. Then, in the fourth grade, I decided I'd like to be a children's book author. As an adult who writes and illustrates children's books, I have realized both my childhood ambitions.

I got in trouble in school once for crossing out my favorite author's name and putting in mine--Audrey Brewer instead of Dr. Seuss! My great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all professional artists. Since I am also a professional artist, there are four consecutive generations of artists in our family. However, I am the only female artist. Don On our honeymoon, I read my new husband Don Wood the classic children's book entitled At the Back of the North Wind. Seven years later, we teamed up to create our first picture book together.

When our son Bruce Robert was two years old, I began to read picture books to him. He helped to remind me of my childhood ambitions. That's when I began to write children's books seriously.

For much more detailed information about Audrey Wood, go to your public library reference desk and ask the attendant for volume fifty of Something About the Author.

Audrey Wood currently resides in Santa Barbara, in the state of California. Audrey Wood was born in 1905.

Audrey Wood has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Red Wagon Books

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Reviews - What do customers think about Balloonia?

Love this book!  Oct 2, 2007
This book was one of my childrens' favorites, so I ordered one for each of them now that they are adults. I think they were very excited and plan to share it with their children.
Disagree with most  Jul 18, 2007
I disagree with most of the other reviewers...I used this book in my storytimes at my library and the children ALL liked it. It has been my experience that kids like stories about children who aren't perfect. Not all books are sweetness and light. The little girl is a pill, but so are lots of kids and they relate to her. Matthew is sweet...and the good kids can relate to him and since he sort of "wins out" in the end, there seems to be fulfillment here for some type of value lesson. The age of the listener should be over four. I liked the illustrations as they were detailed enough to allowed a child to sit and ponder, especially after hearing it read.
Colorful pictures, but a short story  Apr 11, 2007
I read this book as a child, and bought it hoping to relive early memories of enjoyment. In this case, I was a little disappointed. While the illustrations are very engaging, the story itself is somewhat choppy, and the main character has a very unpleasant attitude that many parents might not wish to encourage. On the other hand, the concept is nice, explaining where balloons go when they are released. I still enjoyed this book as a link to my childhood, but am not sure I would read it to my children.
Fun book for preschoolers  Jan 9, 2007
My daughter was devastated when the bunch of balloons we bought for her 3rd birthday party blew away in the store parking lot. She talked about it for weeks afterward, even though we went back in and bought a new bunch. A friend suggested this book, about where balloons go when you let them go. The book takes children on a fun adventure to "Balloonia", a magical place for balloons. The illustrations are quite fun! We have really enjoyed this book!
I Remember and Smile  Aug 4, 2006
I read some other peoples reviews of this book and I was a little saddened. I had this book as a child. I read it over and over. I had it all throughout my teenage years until my mom sold most of my books at half price books when I went to college. I have looked for this book again since then. I read nonstop as a child. Every family holiday picture I am sitting with a book. I brought them to the table for dinner. This is one of the few books I actually remember. Now that I have kids of my own, I am so excited that I can now share it with them.

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