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Zebedee's Balloon Hardcover – December 1, 2012


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Zebedee, a striped, nocturnal fellow, depends upon his “Ball,” a soft, cottony toy (in reality a balloon), which keeps the dangers of the night at bay. When his balloon escapes him, his sense of security disappears with it. The other animals of the forest—one owl, two doves, three snails, and four worms—help him search, but every time they think they’ve spotted the balloon, it turns out to be something else altogether. Yet although they never find “Ball,” Zebedee finds 10 friends who offer more than enough comfort. Reproduced on heavy, buff cardstock, the arresting black-and-white woodcuts, with pops of red for the balloon and its impostors, exemplify the organic charm of the medium. Crisp lines are softened with inky bits and shards, and flat backgrounds swirl with wood-grain movement. The rhyme and scansion of the verse translation from the French are often awkward, but this fresh, graphic synthesis of a counting and bedtime story promises to delight young viewers (and their grown-ups) with an eye for artistry and detail. Preschool-Grade 3. --Thom Barthelmess
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