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The Red Balloon Hardcover – July 15, 1967
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A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year.
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Pascal is lonely. He has brought home strays in the past, but his mother doesn't want them bringing dirt into her house, so they have been put right back out. When he comes across a red balloon, he has no idea that it is magic - and soon to become his best friend! When his mother throws it out the window, it doesn't go anywhere. It hovers there until Pascal brings it back inside. Through the story, it follows him everywhere, even flying over the bus on the way to school. When a gang of boys become determined to take it from him, there's little he can do about it. And when they pop the balloon, he's devastated... then he sees an astonishing sight! Every captive balloon in Paris revolts. The balloons twine their strings together and lift him up and away.
There is a review that refers to that as "taking him to heaven", but the book says he took "a wonderful trip all around the world". That difference might be the difference between the original story and the adaptation for the film, or might be the film viewer's interpretation of the story. Either way, it's a great book, and a beautiful (if a little odd) story, full of wonderful photos of Paris in the 1950s. A little something for everyone!
When a film is in production, very many still photographs are taken during the shoot for use as publicity material later on. This book contains no less than 39 black and white location stills and seven in full colour, or nine if you count the front and back covers, making a total of 48 photographs as beautifully crisp and clear today as they were when they were first taken, a lifetime ago, way back in 1956. Accompanying the photographs is the storyline of the film, told page by page and still by still and this is beautifully written.
The Red Balloon, directed by Albert Lamorisse, running only 35 minutes, without dialogue and telling its story though pictures, sound and music, tells the fable of a lonely little six year old Parisian boy, Pascal (played by the director's young son, Pascal Lamorisse), who befriends an equally lonely helium filled red balloon with a life of its own, which becomes his constant companion, following him everywhere, waiting outside school for him and even outside his bedroom. The two become devoted to one another and share many adventures together. For Pascal, the red balloon becomes the friend that he's always yearned for.
At the end, a group of school bullies, jealous of the happiness that Pascal and the balloon have found together, waylay the little boy and throw stones and fire catapults at the balloon, puncturing it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first became acquainted with "The Red Balloon" when I was in college and saw a short film based on the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Doug Erlandson
One of my favorite books when I was a kid. My kids didn't take to it, rather play video gamesPublished 7 months ago by Guy
The Black and white photos, make the colour ones pop, but there are too many of these B&W ones. The call of the balloons needs to take place in colour !!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eli Spivakovsky
Classic children's book. Arrived in excellent condition ...ready for another generation!Published 12 months ago by paladin