From School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-A little girl ties a note to a red balloon and lets it go, hoping that someone will find it and respond. As it sails higher and higher, things on the ground get smaller: "Each shrinking house/small like a mouse./Fields into rugs./Cows into bugs." When the balloon heads for the ground, it is found by another little girl. Upon reading the note, she discovers that the sender lives next door. The two meet and become friends. There is nothing new or fresh about this predictable tale. The lackluster poetry is often forced and the illustrations, which appear to be computer generated, have a greeting-card quality. Strictly additional.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Celeste Jenkins was born and raised in Southern California, where she enjoyed teaching elementary school. She now lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, Mark, and is a stay-at-home mom for her two little balloon-loving girls.
Maria Bogade is an illustrator whose work has been published in countries around the globe. After having studied Audiovisual Media at the University of Media in Stuttgart she worked as a freelance animation artist on award-winning projects, including The Gruffalo
and Princess’ Painting
, before pursuing her dream of being a children’s book illustrator. She lives with her family in a tiny town in Germany.