Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly? (Dan Richards and Jeff Newman)
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Who doesn't love a good balloon? Balloons are irresistible. Inflated, deflated, filled with floaty helium or bouncy regular breath or giggle-inducing water, they are the stuff of imagination.
In "Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?" a little boy and his smartphone-distracted mom are at the zoo when their bunch of balloons inspires the boy to ask a question both whimsical and scientific: Can one balloon make an elephant fly?
In classic distracted-parent fashion the mom tries to shut down the boy's persistent balloon-vs-elephant questions--until she suddenly puts the phone away.
And then the magic begins.
So CAN one balloon make an elephant fly? I'm sure you know already that I'm not going to tell you. What I can tell you is that you may need to expect the unexpected in this whimsical tale that Dan Richards and Jeff Newman spread before us in jewel-toned primary colors and simple lines that match the crisp dialogue. And don't ignore the tiny background details--I promise they'll bring more than a few smiles to your face!
by Christina Moorehead