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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Lonely Balloon by Gemma Mallorey is a charming and delightful story about a new balloon that is inflated to full size, and is happy that he can touch the clouds. He realizes that being so high up in the sky is not as fun as he had thought as it was lonely and he had no friends there. The birds also did not seem to have time to make friends with the balloon. Though he felt lonely, the balloon was happy that he was a child's favorite plaything. But being high up in the air, he could not make friends with the toys in the room, and he realizes that he is going to deflate. He comes to the ground and, though he does not look good anymore, the balloon is happy that he has all the toys as his friends.
The concept is good and encourages kids to make friends around them so that they won't be lonely and bored. The illustrations are lively, colorful, and charming, and they breathe life into the characters and the scenes. It's a good bedtime storybook and can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The expressions of the balloon in the story convey the feelings and emotions of someone who is lonely and, later on, happy to have friends. Books like this are good for children as they are able to understand the concept with the help of a story and illustrations.