Friday, May 20, 2016

Children's Book Review: Three Magic Balloons by Julianna and Paul Margulies, Illus by Grant Shaffer

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge,from Random House Young Readers,
for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



Julianna Margulies brings to life a story that her father wrote for her,
 and her sisters, when they were children.

three magic balloons cover

Synopsis:

Saturdays at the Children’s Zoo with their father always end the same way for Ariel, Miranda, and Jane: he offers them money for a treat, but they instead choose to buy food for the animals. On this particular Saturday, a mysterious balloon man gives them a small reward for their kindness—one balloon each, to be tied to their bedposts that night. Soon they find that the balloons bring them more magic than they could ever have imagined. 


three magic balloons sample 1

Review:

This book is aimed at kids ages 3-7, though Miss Grace found it delightful as well. It's a lovely story! She was enchanted with how the balloons changed to angels and birds, and awed how the feathers ended u under the beds when the girls woke up, letting them believe it wasn't a dream after all. i can easily see where Julianna's father probably left feather sunder their beds after telling them the stories too, and it would be a fun thing for parents to do after reading their children this lovely book! If you are looking for a children's book that will last for multiple generations, THIS is the book!


three magic balloons sample 2


About the Authors:

JULIANNA MARGULIES is a critically acclaimed actress and producer. She is the star of CBS’s The Good Wife, for which she has won a Golden Globe and two Emmys. She has won eight Screen Actors Guild Awards, sharing that distinction with few other female performers. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

PAUL MARGULIES wrote stories, essays, and plays, and was also an award-winning advertising executive. But his favorite role was that of a father to his three daughters, and he devoted much of his talent to writing them letters and telling them stories.
 
About the Illustrator:

GRANT SHAFFER is an artist whose work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times, and Interview magazine, among other publications. He lives in New York with his husband, actor Alan Cumming (who worked on The Good Wife with Julianna!)

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