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The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon, by Sarah Mostyn & Steven Mostyn | Dedicated Review

The Children’s Book Review | June 11, 2014

Book cover - Blue Baboon in the Big BalloonThe Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon

By Sarah Mostyn & Steven Mostyn

eBook: 2167 KB

Paperback: 32 pages

Age Range: 3-7

Publisher: Sarah Mostyn(March 3, 2014)

What to expect: A Baboon, Whimsy, Curious Characters, Ryhme

“Once upon a time there was a blue baboon that lived in a blue balloon.” With this opening line, authors Sarah Mostyn and Steven Mostyn introduce us to the whimsical and engaging world of Harold, a distinctly colored baboon. Harold travels with his brother Gerald and although they try to keep to their routine of sipping tea at half past three by the sea, their balloon sometimes has other ideas.

“The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon” illustration copyright ©, 2014, Sarah & Steven Mostyn

“The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon” illustration copyright ©, 2014, Sarah & Steven Mostyn

In this particular instance, the balloon takes them and a cast of curious characters—including a cat, some mice, a mite and a troll—to the moon, where their adventures begin. On the moon, they meet another set of extraordinary characters, including raccoons, a panda and a cow. Through ingenious rhymes and striking visual cues, the authors create a simple yet exotic world. The characters’ varied traits can lead to interesting discussions at story time—what do readers think of the mite that likes to fight with the troll? Or the cat that likes to chase the family of mice? Such conversations can easily be the stepping off point for larger themes surrounding questions of friendship and fairness. Parents will surely be able to use the images in this book as cues for prompting thought-provoking and honest discussions.

“The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon” illustration copyright ©, 2014, Sarah & Steven Mostyn

“The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon” illustration copyright ©, 2014, Sarah & Steven Mostyn

The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon is well suited as a read aloud book or for young readers. It will appeal to beginning readers because of its comical and rhyming text. The fantastical story line will captivate young readers and should easily hold the attention of most anyone.

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About the Authors

Sarah and Steven Mostyn are the authors of The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon, their first self-published children’s book. They have developed their storytelling craft through the inspiration of their three young children: Jonah, Kayla and Daniel. They often sit together as a family brainstorming new, creative ideas for books, and enjoy retelling stories from their large collection of self-created family favorites.

For more information visit:

mostynbooks.com

facebook.com/sarahandsteven

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Read The Children’s Book Review‘s interview with Sarah and Steven Mostyn.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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