Book review: It’s tough to lose your balloon; 4 out of 5 stars #bookaday

It's tough to lose your balloon book coverby Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Picture book
Interest level: Pre-K to 1
Reading level: 1.7
4 out of 5 stars

It’s Tough to Lose Your Balloon is about looking on the bright side, even when things go wrong. This isn’t a new concept, but Krosoczka does a good job making it feel fresh with his illustrations and different characters and situations.

When Krosoczka is depicting the negative side of the event, the page is black and white line drawings, with only the character in color. But as the positive side is shown, the entire two-page spread is shown in bright colors. A nice visual pairing for the story. There are also a wide variety of characters throughout the book; they are not only White children, but many races are depicted.

An added treat is a surprise appearance of some characters from some of Krosoczka’s previous books. Young children, preschool to first grade, will enjoy this book about making the best out of whatever life delivers.

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