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Kipper: The Blue Balloon

By Mick Inkpen

  • Paperback
  • £6.99

A special 30th anniversary edition of the picture book classic feauturing the much-loved puppy, Kipper.

Kipper the dog has found a soggy blue balloon in the garden. At first, it seems like an ordinary balloon, but it's not. It's full of fun, magic and endless possibilities...

30 years after it was first published, The Blue Balloon is a celebrated picture book classic. It features the very first appearance of Mick Inkpen's much-loved puppy charachter, Kipper, and has delighted millions of children worldwide. This playful tale of imagination, complete with fantastic fold-out pages, is a classic to be treasured, loved and shared time and time again.

This gorgeous anniversary edition comes complete with special bonus material and is an absolute must for all Kipper fans!

Biographical Notes

Mick Inkpen has been a bestselling children's author for over 25 years. He is one of today's most popular picture book author/illustrators and the famous creator of both Kipper and Wibbly Pig. Mick has won the Children's Book Award for Threadbear and the British Book Award twice, for Penguin Small and Lullabyhullaballoo. Kipper won a BAFTA for Best Animated Film.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781444922561
  • Publication date: 21 Feb 2019
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
This Inkpen classic features some of the best examples of fold-outs ever... although thanks to some very enthusiastic young hands our copy's mostly held together with sticky-tape now. — The Guardian (Aidan Moffat)
A delightful story with a surprise on every page — Child Care
The story is charming and the illustrations uncluttered ... an ideal book to base work around, to explore dreams and magic, and the notion that something so ordinary can become something so exciting — Child Education
The easy-to-read text with its wealth of sparkling vocabulary makes this a classic story to be treasured and read time and time again — EYE Magazine
Beautifully illustrated and full of the kinds of visual surprises kids love. — What's On (July 1993)
Inkpen's pale watercolours against a white background give a cool, calm feel, while the use of pull-out pages and sequences of pictures give an animated feel. Beginner readers will be able to tackle the simple text, but it's a great story to share with all ages. — Junior, July 2000
Hodder Children's Books

Mrs Blackhat and the ZoomBroom

Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen

Mrs Blackhat returns in a hilarious new story from the bestselling creators of I Will Love You Anyway and Hole in the Zoo. Mrs Blackhat the witch has a new broom. And it's not just any broom: it's a whizzy new ZoomBroom, with buttons and bleeps and its very own high-tech app! But when the battery on the ZoomBroom starts to run low, Mrs Blackhat discovers that while technology is great, there sometimes a place for good old-fashioned magic too.

Hodder Children's Books

Mrs Blackhat

Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen

An exciting new story from the bestselling team behind Kipper and I Will Love You Anyway.Over the gateat number 8,round the back,through the flapand onto the lapof Mrs Blackhat!Meet Mrs Blackhat, a witch who just loves the colour black. From her broom to her hat, all is black... apart from her cat. What can she do to fix this problem? Find out in this hilarious, rhyming story!Praise for I Will Love You Anyway:'Charming, sad and funny. The day it arrived, my three-year old insisted we read it thirteen consecutive times' - Huffington PostMick Inkpen has been a bestselling children's author for over 25 years. He is one of today's most popular picture book author/illustrators and the famous creator of both Kipper and Wibbly Pig. Mick has won the Children's Book Award for Threadbear and the British Book Award twice, for Penguin Small and Lullabyhullaballoo. Kipper won a BAFTA for Best Animated Film. It wasn't until Mick became a father that he began his career in children's books. Now father and daughter have come together for a unique and exciting picture book partnership. Chloë Inkpen grew up surrounded by picture books and has a natural gift for storytelling. A love of language and art saw her swap an English degree course at Nottingham University for a degree in Illustration at the Glasgow School of Art. In her final year Chloë was awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. Chloë's events in schools, libraries and festivals across the UK regularly receive glowing reviews. Mick and Chloë are the co-creators of Hole in the Zoo, the Fred series and the Zoe and Beans series.

Hodder Children's Books

Hole in the Zoo

Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Fred

Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen
Contributors:
Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Kipper's Visitor

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Kipper: Kipper's New Pet

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen

Cuddle up with Kipper! A classic Kipper title, reissued for a new generation of children. Kipper's friend Pig only wants a pet for his birthday, so that is exactly what Kipper buys him: a little hamster called Roly. But Kipper starts to play with Roly before Pig's birthday party and before he knows it he has missed the party and completely fallen for little Roly and cannot bear to give him away.A charming story celebrating the joy of pets. 'You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper' Daily Mail 'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian

Hodder Children's Books

Kipper: Kipper's Monster

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Penguin Small

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

I Will Love You Anyway

Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen
Contributors:
Mick Inkpen, Chloe Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Kipper: Kipper's Snowy Day

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Kipper's Beach Ball

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Kipper: Kipper's Little Friends

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Kipper: Kipper's Toybox

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Kipper: One Year With Kipper

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen

A classic Kipper picture book about the changing seasons and the months of the year.Kipper has a new camera. He puts it to good use, recording all his adventures with Tiger. Together they throw snowballs in February, catch tadpoles in April, pick blackberries in September and collect conkers in October. Until Christmas time... when Kipper makes a special memory book for Tiger with a photo for each month of the year!Little ones will love learning all about the changing seasons and the months of the year with this charming story. Kipper has been a much-loved picture book character for over 25 years."The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot" - Guardian"You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper" - Daily Mail

Hodder Children's Books

Kipper: Kipper's Christmas Eve

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Wibbly Pig: Wibbly Pig and the Tooky

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen
Hodder Children's Books

Kipper

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen

The very first classic Kipper picture book, perfect for sharing together at cuddle time.Kipper's basket is old and worn, so he decides to look for a new place to sleep! Maybe he could build a nest like the squirrels, stand on one leg like the ducks ... Or sit on a lily-pad like the frogs? But, eventually, Kipper realises that there's nowhere quite like his cosy basket, surrounded by all his favourite toys.With a special gold cover, this charming story will make the perfect gift.Kipper has been a much-loved picture book character for over 25 years. "You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper." - Daily Mail "The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot." - Guardian

Hodder Children's Books

Sports Day

Mick Inkpen, Nick Butterworth
Authors:
Mick Inkpen, Nick Butterworth

A much-loved classic with a great new cover from the creators of Kipper and Percy the Park Keeper.It's Sports Day! There's games and hoops and bean bags, eggs and spoons - lots of fun to have - excitement, cheers and occasional tears. It's going to be a day to remember!'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' The Guardian'Nick Butterworth is one of the best picture book writers alive.' The Independent

Hodder Children's Books

Tickly Christmas Wibbly Pig

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen

Big Aunt Larlie is coming to stay and she's brought her knitting needles and lots of balls of wool. She has already given Wibbly a scarf and some gloves and now Wibbly is worried that there is another tickly Christmas present on the way... A perfect tale of a small child's anticipation of Christmas.Mick Inkpen has won the British Book Award, the Children's Book Award and been shortlisted for both the Kate Greenway Medal and the Nestle Prize. He is consistently in the Top Ten most borrowed children's authors from public libraries.

Hodder Children's Books

Hide Me, Kipper

Mick Inkpen
Authors:
Mick Inkpen

Cuddle up with Kipper! This playful and funny Kipper story features a cat, a mouse and an exciting chase!A little squeaky mouse comes running across the page and hides himself inside the 'foldy bit' in the middle of the book. Will the cat find him? Not if Kipper can help it!You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper' Daily Mail'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian