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Kipper's Big Blue Balloon Blog Tour!

Kipper the dog is turning 30 and to celebrate Hodder Children's Books have released a special anniversary edition of Mick Inkpen's classic picture book The Blue Balloon. This is the story in which Kipper made his debut appearance and the lovable pup has been entertaining children ever since. It is a book that I have fond childhood memories of and one that I now enjoy sharing with my Mini Reviewers so today we are delighted to be taking part in Kipper's Big Blue Balloon Blog Tour!

With its exciting fold out pages, The Blue Balloon is a story to be pored over and explored together. Creativity and imagination are at its heart, which are as important to children today as they were 30 years ago. That is why we are so pleased to see a new edition that will inspire future generations to get playing!
30 years ago The Blue Balloon marked the moment that I began to feel like a proper children's author. It was also the first time that Kipper appeared in public, although he had not yet learned to stand on his own two feet as the hero of his own stories. The success of the book confirmed for me what we all understand intuitively; that playfulness is important. Even in an age of continual assessment, imagined balloons need not be constrained by the page. Mick Inkpen

The Blue Balloon Challenge 

Inspired by Kipper's adventures with the soggy blue balloon he found in the garden, we decided to get our creative hats on and come up with an adventure for our own blue balloon. Take a look at how we got on building some super speedy balloon powered cars...

These cars can be created using any similar bricks, the most important piece is the final arch shape to attach the balloon to the car. Once the balloon is attached it can carefully be inflated, then hold the end tightly until you are ready to race!

Thank you to Hodder Children's Books for providing us with a copy of the book and inviting us to be part of Kipper's Big Blue Balloon Blog Tour! Don't forget to visit the other wonderful stops on the tour. Tomorrow it is Mamma Filz's turn to host.

Until next time, HAPPY READING!
Kate & the Mini Reviewers xx


  1. I can't believe this book is 30 years old! I often read it to my first reception class - they loved it :)

    Love your little cars. Great idea!


  2. I adore Kipper, honestly didn't realise he was so old! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

  3. We've always loved Kipper, in fact, I don't think I know anyone who doesn't!

  4. Happy birthday, Kipper! I do recognise Kipper, but don't think we had any of his books when the children were young. I love the idea of the balloon powered car, I'm sure my niece and nephew would enjoy giving that a go.

  5. Aw what a lovely review. And i love the car you built! I need to try this with B! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time!

  6. We are definitely going to try those Lego balloon cars! #Readwithme

  7. I love this! I think my boys would love this book! And I think this would be fun to use in school and then let the kids build their own cars. Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

  8. Genius! I love it Kate! I bow to your superior balloon activities xx Thanks for linking up with #KLTR

  9. This is so cute, I love your little model to go with the book :) I can't believe Kipper books are that old though! KLTR

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