I just realized how old these “You Can’t Take a Balloon into” books are. I feel sad about that because I suspect this third book is also the last book. I was hoping for more cities/museums in future books. I just found them and had incorrectly assumed that they were fairly new books. Ah well. I’m happy to have read the three that have been illustrated/written.
This time it’s the grandmother off after the balloon around Boston and the grandfather who accompanies his granddaughter and grandson through the museum. The story is a riot and at the end of this one the girl (once again) gets back her balloon and her brother also gets a prized item that comes back with the balloon.
The use of the illustrations to tell the story is a lot of fun. The art, using both color and black and white, is inventive and interesting.
This book is designed to introduce kids to some art and also tries to teach about Bostonian history. Thirty-three past and present legends of Boston are drawn into the illustrations, and at the end of the book their “faces from history” are listed with dates of birth/death if applicable, noted which page in the book they’ve appeared, and a short synopsis of why they’re important is included too.
I wish there had been more than three of these “You Can’t Take a Balloon into” books. These sisters are very talented. The books are very enjoyable.