Once Upon a Balloon by Bree Galbraith and Isabelle Malenfant

There’s something about balloons that just spells fun; more so if they’re helium-filled and seem to take on a life of their own — almost like ephemeral pets threatening to escape as soon as you loosen your grip on their flimsy leashes. Then again, watching them float away to an unknown destination is part of the magic, isn’t it?

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Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead

If there were a perfect escapist story for little ones, Sebastian and the Balloon would be it.

After determining that his little suburban street had “nothing to see”, little Sebastian embarks on a journey in his home-fashioned hot-air balloon, with the goal to “see something new for a change” — and what a charmingly magical adventure it turns out to be, with a quirky mix of genial companions that he meets along the way, including THE cutest trio of sisters, and thrills galore!

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