Reviews - What do customers think about The Yellow Balloon?
Completely inappropriate for young children. Jul 9, 2007
I would strongly urge any parent not to let your child read this book. I took my 5 year old son to the library today and found this in his pile when we got home. Looking very innocent at first I had fun finding the yellow balloon until I took a closer look. There ARE witches flying around and then burning something, images of a person lying in the street injured after falling off his bike, a funeral happening where people are carrying the casket, a medieval fight happening where one man is lying on the ground bleeding, not to mention the nude beach scene where you can see nipples and pubic hair drawn in. So many injured people (a plane crash with no help in sight), scary ghosts, and people being chased by wild animals is enough to make me take this book back to the library and never check it out again. This is the first review I've written on a book but I felt so strongly about it that I wanted to deter any parent from getting this for a child of any age.
Superb book on many levels Jul 9, 2006
This is one of my all-time favorite gift books to friends with young children. At first it appears that it consists of a series of large, highly detailed paintings. On a closer look you can see a series of "stories": a man is arrested in the first panel, escapes from prison in the second, and appears in a striped prison uniform in all the rest of the pages. In the last, he returns home to the house from which he was arrested. Similarly, a man buys a rug in one picture, unfolds it in the next, and is found flying through much of the others until he meets up with... well, take a look!
This book is great for pre-literate kids. You can treat it as a puzzle book, or as a story book. I like to use it as a jumping off point for storytelling: where did the giraffe truck come from? Why? Where is the blue car going to go next? How did it get on the island? Is the castle battle real or is it a movie? Can you follow the mountain trail to find out how to get to the bottom? There are many connecting "threads" that flow from page to page (but are not present on every page). Trying to discover them has given us hours of bedtime enjoyment.
What I love about this book is its open-endedness. This is far more than a "Where's Waldo" book. Its an opportunity for creativity and discovery.
Drunks, Prostitutes, and Naked People? May 16, 2006
I too was at first charmed by the lovely style of painting, and the joy my 3-year-old takes in searching for things in pictures. Then I started to REALLY LOOK. I don't mind Batmen and fairy tale characters (including witches, etc.), but this book really crossed the line of (not so) common decency. This is the first time I've been moved to write a review (and we've read a LOT of books!!). I wouldn't even buy this book for a grownup!!!! UGH.
The Yellow Balloon Feb 25, 2006
Great book for kids and adults alike. Like "Where's Waldo?" but more sophisticated artwork.
we LOVE this book Apr 10, 2005
I don't think I have ever written a review but I had to write to offer an opposing opinion to the earlier review. My 4 year old loves this book. We have looked at it more times than I can count and he has never noticed the "impaled people" frankly, neither had I (and I am accused of many of being way over-protective of what my child is exposed to) There are so many things to see and I find it charming overall. Batman is Batman. The lost children are Hansel and Gretel. The skater just has a red design on his shirt and has poor balance. Fire trucks are on the way yo help the people in the fire and there is a life boat helping those from the sinking ship(Titanic?) The witches are having a bonfire. Maybe roasting marshmallows? PLEASE do not write off this book based on one review. Check it out for yourself.