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Balloon Toons: Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors (Balloon Toons)

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again. Best-selling author/illustrator Ethan Long makes his Balloon Toons debut with the story of Rick & Rack, twofri ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 18th 2010 by Blue Apple Books
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May 12, 2015 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beginning and reluctant readers and children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is an entertaining collection of short stories featuring two animal characters, Rick, a raccoon and Rack, a deer.

The narrative consists entirely of dialogue between the two friends and the illustrations are colorful and cartoonish.

We discovered this book during a recent visit to our local library and our girls wanted to read it. They've really gotten into reading graphic novels this summer and we all like the format, especially for an independent read (I'm not a big fan of reading them al
Mary Ann
Jun 12, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is designed with engaging cartoon art and simple words to attract and encourage new readers. Rick the Raccoon is your typical young kid who’s just not quite sure about the Great Outdoors. Fishing? It's boring. Hiking? It takes too much energy. But his friend Rack the Deer is determined to show him all the great things he loves: fishing, canoeing, and hiking. These friends remind me of classic pairs like Frog and Toad or George and Martha, bickering a bit but ultimately encoura ...more
Laura (Amys)
Dec 16, 2015 Laura (Amys) rated it really liked it
Rick, a raccoon, and Rack, a deer, go one three short outdoor adventures. Rack seems extremely motivated to get out and do some adventurous things in the outdoors such as; fishing, canoeing and hiking. Rick doesn't seem as enthused and seems to always find something to complain about. They have funny little endings to each story that is sure to give young readers a chuckle.
This simple text would wonderful artwork is a perfect way to get new and young readers engaged in reading. It would also be
Katie Fitzgerald
Rick and Rack are two friends of the same ilk as Hanna-Barbera's Yogi Bear and Boo Boo or Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie. Rick plays worried straight man to Rack's comedic harebrained schemes, resulting in a very cartoonish relationship, and scenarios that are humorous on a very child-like (perhaps even childish) level. Some of the punchlines are definitely groan-worthy, and I found myself expecting a laugh track at the end of the each of the book's segments. This is another great offering for ...more
Brianna Lanier
Apr 19, 2015 Brianna Lanier rated it it was amazing
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This book is about two best friends who go on three different adventures in the great outdoors.
Very cute and funny. The two unlikely friends keep you laughing.
An activity I would do: I would have the students think of a time when they had an adventure in the great outdoors. I would then have them choose how they want to create a replica.
Debby Baumgartner
Jan 21, 2016 Debby Baumgartner rated it did not like it
Story of two friends, Raccoon and Deer, who have adventures in the woods. Told in graphic novel style for beginning readers.
Apr 25, 2012 Samantha rated it liked it
Short cartoon stories about the adventures of two friends: a deer and a raccoon. The two friends try their hand at fishing, hiking, and canoeing. Simple and funny, great for beginning readers
Oct 18, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
super cute, written in cartoon style rick and rack share funny adventures in the great outdoors. my kids love it.
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
it was pretty short but it was pretty funny when Rack told Rick not to stand in the canoe and he did anyways.
Aug 11, 2016 Shelli rated it really liked it
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Super cute and funny picture book about two friends, a moose and raccoon. Rick tries to persuade Rack to try new outdoor fun activities and Rack is a bit reluctant.
Meghan Nels
Dec 20, 2013 Meghan Nels rated it really liked it
A perfect graphic novel for beginner readers. I now want to purchase all 15 Balloon Toons graphic novels for my library.
Stephen Twelker
Dec 05, 2012 Stephen Twelker rated it really liked it
A great choice for young ones learning to read and tell stories. Our kiddio had us acting out the exploits of Rick and Rack for several months. Simple, innocent fun with two good friends.
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Ethan Long is a popular, award-winning and internationally recognized children's book author and illustrator with over 70 children's books, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and an Emmy-nominated television series to his credit. Just about all of his awake time is spent writing stories, drawing pictures and spending time with his family. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1991, ...more
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