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Penelope's Balloons

By Brooke Bourgeois (Author)


Pub Date 4/16/2024

ISBN 9781454951827

Format Hardcover Picture Book



Penelope's Balloons

by Brooke Bourgeois
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From a dynamic debut creator, here is a charming and endearing picture book about an elephant’s quest for acceptance—destined to become a modern classic.
Penelope loves her ten red balloons. She spends every moment with them, taking them with her everywhere she goes—school, ballet class, and the market. But when she loses all her balloons, Penelope is devastated. With a gentle nod to perennial classics in its art style, Penelope’s Balloons is a celebration of differences, embracing your identity, and, especially, friendship.

​Debut author-illustrator Brooke Bourgeois beautifully explores childhood passions, identity, and anxiety in this timeless story about the power of friends, family, and community.

Penelope's Balloons is an imaginative elephant book that promotes themes of identity, community, and emotional growth. Perfect for anyone in search of anxiety books for kids, as well as parents and educators looking for read aloud kids books ages 4-6 that spark discussion around managing worries, embracing differences, and the power of friendship.
“A beautiful debut about holding on to what really matters—friendship.”
—Isabel Quintero, Author of My Papi Has a Motorcycle

"A sweet story full of intricate, energetic illustrations and a reminder of the importance of community."
—Zoe Si, Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist and illustrator

“This gorgeously illustrated, charming story conveys both the value of true friendship and the high stakes of balloon ownership.” 
—Emma Allen, Cartoon Editor at The New Yorker

"This sweet friendship story makes clear that people are more important than even the most cherished of objects."
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Brooke Bourgeois is a cartoonist and illustrator currently based in New York City and originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her cartooning work has been published in the New YorkerPrivate EyeThe Harvard Lampoon, and The Drift. Brooke recently completed her MA in Children’s Book Illustration, and her greatest hope is that her stories can make people laugh and connect with her characters’ explorations of identity. PENELOPE'S BALLOONS is her debut book.

Title Details

Pages 40 pages, all in color

Trim 10 x 10 x 0 Inches

Territories World

Category Picture Books

Age Range 4 to 8

Carton Quantity 20