A Balloon for a Blunderbuss

June 9, 2010

I really enjoy writing for Babyccino Kids.  My favourite bit is reading the comments people leave on my posts — it is so great to have a dialogue with like-minded mums and dads.  Back in February I wrote about a great book I’d found, Sparkle & Spin. Tina left a comment and it was clear to me this was a lady with a similar book-obsession.  Not only had she already discovered Sparkle & Spin (and the other books written by the same authors), but she also had some suggestions of other books I may like.

Now I don’t need much persuading to order a few books on Amazon so I ordered Tina’s suggestions and of course they were all fabulous, but my particular favourite was A Balloon for Blunderbuss.

An imaginative tale of exchange and how something tiny can grow into a big dream.  Written by poet Alastair Reid and illustrated by world-renowned graphic designer, Bob Gill, it is a truly beautiful book and we all love reading it here in this house.  So thank you Tina!

(Available from the Babyccino Kids Bookstore — both UK and US.)

Mo. x


Comments (5)

June 9, 2010

No thanks needed…from one kid book lover to another. I am so glad you liked it! My tot loves it too!
I was just saying today that I need to order more books, so if you have any suggestions for me, let me know!
P.S. Did you already have “The Little House’? I know it was out of print for awhile, but it is truly wonderful!

June 10, 2010

Hi Tina

I love The Little House – I got a new copy through one of the Amazon merchants (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-House-Virginia-Lee-Burton/dp/039525938X/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3) and loved it so much I went back to order Katy and the Big Snow (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Katy-Big-Snow-Virginia-Burton/dp/1845075021/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b) and Maybelle The Cable Car (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maybelle-Cable-Car-Virginia-Burton/dp/0395840031/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_5) – both by Virginia Lee Burton and both fabulous! I’m sure you will have done this already but take a look at the Babyccino bookshop – they are basically some of all of our favourites that you can click through to buy from Amazon. Have fun book-browsing! Mo. x

Julia Brown
June 9, 2010

Have you read An awesome book by Dallas Clayton? veryawesomeworld.com
He published the book on his own and for every copy purchased he gives one away, it is a very impressive success story and a very touching book, I won’t lie I teared up the first time I read it.

June 10, 2010

Isn’t it the most amazing book and story! Esther wrote about it a while back (https://babyccinokids.com/2008/12/11/dream-big/) and I immediately ordered a few copies as I just knew it would be the perfect present for friends with new babies. I gave it to a friend of mine who is currently writing his first children’s book (that sounds so so so exciting I can’t wait to read it) and he was also blown away with it – its always a good sign to impress a fellow author I think.

June 15, 2010

the funny thing about the Balloon book is that contrary to expectations my kid adores it – it is one of his favourites. in a similar vein are the OH! books with the images that fold out into the unexpected. I often think the artsy books satisfy me and not him, but a few of them work for us both. k.

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