I bought Balloons Over Broadway to prelude our family trip to the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. I wanted my kids to learn some history while I hyped them up for their first trip to The Big Apple. My boys ages 5 & 7 love the story. One of them brought it to school and the teacher shared it with his class before Thanksgiving break and they too liked Balloons Over Broadway. The pictures are amazing! At one point the illustrator drew a balloon sideways to span vertically between the two pages making it so that you have to turn the book to see how giant the balloon is! While you won't see any of the modern day balloons in this book (Spiderman, Spongebob, ect.), the balloons that are featured in it are very nice and relevent to it's time period, (mostly zoo animals, elves, stars, a policeman, & Santa Claus of course!) Balloons Over Broadway really brings Tony's story to life in a way that everybody will be able to appreciate. One of my kids favorite parts of the book is the replica of the original 1933 New York Times Adverisement of the parade which also spans across 2 pages making it almost the length of a real newspaper.