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Sebastian and the Balloon

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gentle adventure about going wherever the wind takes you.

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This is a low-key, charming adventure; the simple, gentle narration and muted earth tones set the right mood for bedtime. The mixed-media illustrations have a rough style that harks back to the '70s and conveys motion and brightness mainly through contrast. And, as with Philip C. Stead's other work, there's a sweet melancholy in his illustrations that softens the mood, nicely accompanied by the understated, conversational text. The supporting characters -- a real bear, a very large bird, and three sisters -- add charm and quiet humor.

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