I HAVE A BALLOON, illustrated by Scott Magoon (Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Fall 2017). Monkey desperately wants Owl's balloon and tries everything to get what he wants—this is NOT a book about sharing.
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★ "With an open-ended, wordless conclusion inviting predictions and possibilities, this tightly paced narrative soars." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "An owl and a monkey confront jealousy, the fickleness of want, and the influence of other perspectives in this high-energy story from debut author Bernstein and illustrator Magoon (I Will Not Eat You)." --Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"A definite purchase that will be checked out again and again." --School Library Journal, Barbara Spiri, Southborough Library, MA
"The allure of other folks’ stuff will be well understood by the audience, and both Monkey’s histrionic arguments and Owl’s smug refusals are cleverly captured in Magoon’s expressive cartoon critters. The dialogue is perfectly tuned for a two-voice readaloud, and much of the vocabulary is easy enough that one of those voices could be a novice reader. The book never suggests sharing as a possible solution to this perennial problem, but maybe you don’t need to share if everyone’s content with what they have." --EB, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2017
Nominated for a 2017 Cybils Award. Thank you, Jenna Grodzicki for the nomination!
The teacher's guide (download here), created by Marcie Colleen, is designed for students in kindergarten through third grade. It is assumed that teachers will adapt each activity to fit the needs and abilities of their own students. It offers activities to help teachers integrate I HAVE A BALLOON across the curricula. All activities were created in conjunction with the Common Core and other relevant content standards.
WHERE IS MY BALLOON?, illustrated by Scott Magoon (Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Spring 2019). in which Owl asks Monkey to hold his balloon, and what he gets back is, well, NOT his balloon.