Authors: Sarah and Stephen Mostyn
Publisher: Sarah and Stephen Mostyn
ISBN: 9780991490011

Into the balloon went the baboons, the orange mite and the troll named Dwight, along with Matt the fluffy green cat and the family of mice that like flying kites and eating fried rice,” Sarah and Steven Mostyn write in their book, The Blue Baboon in the Big Balloon.

First in the Canadian authors’ self-published children’s series, this unnumbered thirty-two page paperback is targeted toward preschool to early elementary school children and readers who enjoy rhyming stories about animals. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, the book would best be read to beginner readers based on some of the more complicated wording. The colored illustrations with very dark backgrounds cover the pages with white words over-lapping them.

In this silly tome about animals that rhymes without consistency, Harold the blue baboon and his brother Gerald always have tea at three thirty in the afternoon by the sea. Having a cat named Matt that chases a family of mice along with an orange mite and a troll called Dwight, they all enjoy riding in a big balloon. 

One day the group takes a trip to the moon where they meet two female raccoons and their friend, a panda named Miranda. Invited to the girls’ cocoon, they watch some cartoons involving a giraffe taking a bath.

When Harold hears a mooing cow that jumps over the moon, he realizes they must return to earth in time for tea. They say their good-byes and mention how they enjoyed their adventure meeting new friends far from home.

With the authors’ three children inspiring creative story ideas, these two writers have more engaging tales to tell in future yarns. However, hopefully future books will have lighter backgrounds in the illustrations, making them more attractive and easier to decipher for younger aged children, with rhyming that can be read aloud in an iambic pentameter format or similar.

Thanks to the author for furnishing this book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.

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