Crystalee reviews Sebastian and the Balloon

By Philip C. Stead
Published on October 7 2014
Published by Roaring Brook Press
Source: Publisher
On a boring day, on a dull street, Sebastian sat high atop his roof--something he was never supposed to do. When he launched himself into the air in his balloon made of Grandma's afghans and patchwork quilts, his journey took on a life of its own and his boring day turned into the adventure of a lifetime. From award-winning author/illustrator Philip C. Stead, comes another timeless adventure with his trademark whimsical illustrations and an unwavering spirit.A Neal Porter Book

There's a reason why Philip C. Stead won the Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee. His illustrations are fantastic! And Sebastian and the Balloon is another imaginative work of art that kids will love.

When Sebastian gets bored, he builds a hot air balloon out of his grandma's quilts, and his imagination floats away! Along the way, he meets many new friends, including a "real bear." The text is simple and perfectly matches the colorful, textured illustrations.

I love books that encourages kids to use their imaginations, and this one does just that. It is sure to be a classic for years to come.

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