Book of the Week: The Big Wet Balloon

December 2, 2013

The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers   The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

By Carter.

Did you enjoy getting to know Françoise Mouly as much as I did? I’m still stuck on the assertion (and reminder!) that “a book can be read every night and it will always be the same and different. It will be what your Dad read when he was a kid, and what you’ll read to your children. It has some elements that don’t change yet it’s a new adventure every time you reread it, because reading is truly interactive and the reader is half the story.” I keep reading those words over and over, falling in love all over again with books.

The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

One of the newest releases from Mouly’s imprint, Toon Books, is this endearing tale of sisters, patience, and hope. You’ll love The Big Wet Balloon, by Argentine cartoonist Liniers. The back of the title page tells us that Liniers’ art was created with ink, watercolor, and drops of rain. The charm of this book stretches through its entire design – how often do you look to the verso for moments of magic? So with that, I was smitten.

And then there’s the story. Big sister Matilda wakes up little Clemmie with the rules for waking up on Saturday. You ‘hooray!’ extra loud and you slurp your juice because everything is better on Saturday. Except this Saturday, it’s raining. Pouring. But Matilda teaches Clemmie all about rainboots and umbrellas and splashing in puddles. It’s a mostly perfect day, until an accidental gift to a rainbow changes Clemmie’s mood. Matilda and Clementine are the sweetest of sisters – adventurous, forgiving, and best of all, in love with each other.

The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

Remember the beloved French film, The Red Balloon? Clementine’s fierce love for her red balloon is as tender as that boy’s. This pair of tales is enchanting and even tingly. Toon Books agrees, and are offering the duo as an art lover’s delight. What a gift! What a celebration! What stories.

The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marta ABB December 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

I have never read The Big Red Balloon, but we love The Red Ballon film and book. In fact, we’d love to buy a poster and frame it for my son’s bedroom. Bisous, M


2 Ivonne December 2, 2013 at 11:24 am

I love Liniers. His drawings and stories are full of tenderness and humanity. Greetings from South America.


3 Sonia December 3, 2013 at 4:59 am

My MIL gave me my husbands old books from childhood and The Red Balloon was one of them. I read it to our balloon obsessed 3 year old all the time and she loves it!


4 danielle @ this picture book life December 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

Good golly this book looks great!


5 Erin December 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

We have this out from the local public library right now! After reading the post, we looked and found that our library has a whole section of Toon books. Such a great one.


6 Darshana December 4, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I am so glad you reviewed this title. It is one of my Favorites for 2013!


7 Darci December 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I watched Big Red Balloon on a film reel in grade school 35 yrs ago and loved it. I have since bought a copy on DVD for my girls


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