The Great Balloon Hullaballoo by Peter Bently

The Great Balloon Hullaballoo

Written by Peter Bently
Illustrated by Mei Matsuoka

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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Prize-winning author Peter Bently tells a rollickingly good story in this saga of a shopping trip with a difference. Simon the squirrel is sent down to the shops by his mother to get a few things - including cheese. But when Simon decides that the moon would provide the best cheese he takes off on a bold trip to go shopping on the moon! Ebullient rhyming couplets capture the roller-coaster shopping trip with a difference.


The Great Balloon Hullaballoo by Peter Bently

When Simon the squirrel's mum sends him off to the shop, Simon decides to fly to the moon in Old Uncle Somerset's hot air balloon in search of cheese. Shopping in outer space is very exciting, but proves to be a bit of a distraction...


One of the best books of the year -- Helen Brown Daily Telegraph

A rollickingly good story Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading Books of the Year 2013

Matsuoka's illustrations are funny and fresh -- Anna Carey Irish Times

An entertaining romp through the galaxy, this offbeat, funny and unexpected picture book will delight young readers Booktrust, Books We Like

Beautiful and fun illustrations Nottingham Post

About the Author

Peter Bently

Peter Bently went to ten different schools around the world and studied languages at Oxford University. He started writing for children soon after becoming a parent and now lives with his wife, Lucy, and children, Theo and Tara, in Totnes, Devon (which has its very own excellent medieval castle).

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2014




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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