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Elmo's World: Balls! (Sesame Street) (Sesame Street(R) Elmos World(TM)) Board book – July 25, 2000

4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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Boing! Boing! Elmo is having a ball! Peek underneath the big flaps to find bouncy balls of different sizes and shapes. Then watch Elmo dunk a basketball--and himself!
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Product Details

  • Age Range: Baby - 3 years
  • Series: Sesame Street(R) Elmos World(TM)
  • Board book: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375805745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375805745
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.3 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By audrey frances TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21, 2001
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My son loves Elmo. My son loves balls. But he does not love this book. It's boring. Five two-page spreads (with one flap on each) attempt to recreate an edition of Elmo's World -- talking to Dorothy and a baby etc. -- but the result is kind of a mess. The text is supposed to be chatty but it is ill-suited to reading aloud. For example, one spread reads "Let's ask the baby how to catch a ball. Thank you, Baby! Watch Elmo catch a ball. Like this! Gotcha! Can you catch a ball?" The cardboard on the flaps is flimsy and easily bent out of shape.
This is not an evil book, but it was disappointing and I don't think we'll get any more of this series.
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My toddler daughter has loved other books more intensely than this one so I was surprised when this one started coming apart in a few days.

First the flaps all ripped off. Then the cardboard pages came loose from the binding. I tried salvaging the pages for her to use to make stacks or just to gather up and put into drawers, etc. since she likes Elmo. Then the paper started peeling away from the cardboard. By that point, it was just garbage.

I've had similar problems with the construction of other Sesame Street board books, especially very small ones (usually seasonal, like Halloween books). I've never had a Sesame Street board book last more than a couple of months. None of my daughter's other board books have fallen apart like these so I know it's not her treatment.

The content is fun and the photos are a nice change from pen-and-ink illustrations but what good is a book that practically disintegrates in a month or two?
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I bought this book for my 1 year old niece, and she loves it! Any book that has flaps is a sure-fire hit with her. However, this book's flap construction doesn't live up to the rigors of a 1 year old. She's torn off 2 flaps already and she's only had it a month. I wouldn't consider her an extra strong toddler, nor is she hard on her toys, but the flaps in the book just aren't strong enough. For that reason alone, I'm giving the book 4 rather than 5 stars.
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By A Customer on February 25, 2002
My daughter loves this book! We own 3 out of the 4 Elmo's World books and this is by far her favorite! She loves to lift the flaps and can point at the different types of balls described! The only drawback is that the book isn't very sturdy-other than that-it's great!
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I took a chance and was thrilled with this book. It has marvelous flip-up portions and the illustrations are super. I learned that my niece had tried to find this book at Christmas but was unable to. The book is for her 3-year old son who is just thrilled with it.
I can't say enough nice things about it and wonder why it was not reprinted. Super good book!
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Why are other reviewers so critical of this book's construction and content? Yes, if your kid is into ripping stuff up, the flaps will come off, and yes, it is not a long book, but if your kids loves Elmo and balls like mine, then this book will please. I am so sick of reading this book, but my son still loves it. We read it daily for the first two months, now we ready it once a week. My son is 2.5 years and he hasn't ripped the flaps off. He is fine with the length of the book. He likes reading lots of books, so he's not into lengthy text at his age.

If you have a kid or need a gift for a kid that loves Elmo and is into all kinds of balls, get this book.
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My 18 month old daughter loves this book. We talk about all the different types of balls, their shapes, colors, and what sports you play with them. She loves to lift up the flaps on the pages to see whats behind them!!
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Son's favorite word is "ball" & he is in love with Sesame Street as it is the only thing that keeps his attention. This book is his favorite & asks for us to read it to him every 5 minutes. Great read. Love that it stimulated his interest in books.
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