A copy of this book was provided by the author for my honest review.
Title: Balloon Breath
Author: Amanda Given
Illustrator: Polina Hrytskova
Published: October 12, 2018
Character Origin: Animal
Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 24
Ages: 3-8 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure: —
Synopsis: Lonnie is sick and tired of his brother teasing him. He’s had it! See what happens when his brother, Curly, makes Lonnie mad enough to blow his top. It’s up to his babysitter, Scarlett, to save the day. This charming story will help any child, young or old, open up and deal with their feelings.
I found this book really delightful to read. I love that it took the quandary of coping with emotions a step further and offered a solution for Lonnie to overcome his feelings. Most books only deal with identifying an emotion and offering reassurance that those feelings are natural or ok. That is what sets this book about from others of this topic. As a parent, and especially a new parent, it can be challenging helping your child through their emotions let alone a way to cope with them. Balloon Breath does just that–offers a solution.
Hrytskova’s illustrations were quite bright and colorful. My only critique would be that the words sometimes get tangled up in a few of the illustrations and are hard to read. The sequence of the conversation gets lost when there’s multiple proses on a page in a few spots. This is a great book especially for young readers as it’s easy to read and can also be enjoyed read aloud. The exercise at the end is an added bonus. If you are looking for a book to help your child deal with being upset, Balloon Breath should be on the top of the list.