The Great Balloon Hullaballoo

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

When Simon the squirrel’s mum sends him off to the shop, Simon decides to fly to the moon in Old Uncle Somerset’s hot air balloon in search of cheese. Shopping in outer space is very exciting, but proves to be a bit of a distraction…

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2013
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV002230, JUV053020, JUV050000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.5 x 11
ATOS Reading Level 3.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 165307
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed

Author: Peter Bently

Peter Bently lives in England. He studied languages at Oxford University and has written more than 40 titles, one of which led to him win the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011.

Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka

Since graduating from Kingston College of Art in 2004 Mei Matsuoka has been much in demand as an illustrator. Her illustrations for a short story won first prize in a UNESCO sponsored competition, which she traveled to Japan to collect in 2005. Mei was on the final longlist of candidates nominated as Best New Illustrators, and is one of the UK's most exciting newcomers to children's books.


School Library Journal

“Brightly painted animal friends in a water-washed, starry universe frame the text of rhyming couplets—presented in an eye-catching font—while the trio swing in a wild fantasy through the solar system to buy each item on the list.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Bently charges up the silliness with singsong verses in aabb rhyme that dash madly through the escapades…. A fun-filled ride.” —Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Matsuoka’s high-spirited mixed-media art is in step with the batty humor of Bently’s couplets….Good flighty fun.” —Publishers Weekly