Review: The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

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The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers

Inspired by his daughters aged 3 and 5, this book celebrates a rainy day.  When Matilda wakes up on a Saturday morning, she is delighted by everything she can do that day.  Clemmie, her little sister, gets excited too.  But then their day turns out to be filled with rain.  Matilda is undaunted and sets out to persuade Clemmie to join her out in the rain.  Clemmie is very hesitant, insisting that it is wet, until Matilda shows her the umbrella and how to use it.  Clemmie then enjoys the rain until her red balloon floats off when she gets too excited.  But Matilda finds a way to make that right as well.

Liniers shows his adoration for his daughters in this book.  Clemmie is clearly a toddler and expresses herself in early sentences and short words.  Matilda is an enthusiastic older sibling who wants to spend time out in the weather.  It is a pleasure to see a sibling relationship depicted with such warmth and evident love for one another.  Matilda is never frustrated by the situation, always coming up with another way to approach it.  The words and art dance together here.  Both help tell this story of a rainy and wet Saturday. 

My children always loved rain more than sun, so this is a book that they would have loved.  Time to get out rain slickers and umbrellas and play in the rain!  Appropriate for ages 3-6.

Reviewed from library copy.

The Red House Children’s Book Award 2014 Shortlist

The 2014 shortlist for the UK’s Red House Children’s Book Award has been announced.  It is the only national award in the UK that is voted on entirely by children.  The finalists are broken into three age groups and children are able to vote on the books through mid-January 2014.  Here is the shortlist:

Books for Younger Children

 15989343 Walter and the No-Need-To-Worry Suit. Rachel Bright How to Hide a Lion Hippospotamus

Superworm by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Walter and The No Need To Worry Suit by Rachel Bright 

How To Hide A Lion by Helen Stephens 

Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross 


Books for Younger Readers

The Land of Neverbelieve Atticus Claw Breaks the Law Claude in the Country

The Land of Neverbelieve by Norman Messenger 

Atticus Claw Breaks The Law by Jennifer Gray 

Claude In The Country by Alex T Smith 


Books for Older Readers

Killing Rachel (The Murder Notebooks, #2) The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1) The Reluctant Assassin (W.A.R.P., #1)

Killing Rachel by Anne Cassidy 

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer