Parents' Guide to

The Big Wet Balloon

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gentle cartoon vignettes tell cozy sister story.

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The sisters' relationship in THE BIG WET BALLOON is touchingly and realistically drawn. Clemmie is convincingly young; she doesn't have the language skills to distinguish "boots" from "balloon" and has no clue how to open an umbrella. However, Matilda clearly enjoys modeling the language Clemmie needs to understand what's going on and also actively shows her how to do things. The characters have a close and loving sibling relationship. While siblings may not feel so loving every minute of the day, this book celebrates their bond.

The Big Wet Balloon is a class act. Toon Books, dedicated to publishing comics-style books for easy reading levels, is headed by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, so the level of art and artistry is high.

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