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Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Day Ray Got Away - Angela Johnson (Picture Book)

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Picture, if you will, a huge warehouse where inflatable parade balloons are stored. One of the balloons, a gigantic sun balloon named Ray, has always dreamed that one day he would escape from his handlers and fly free.

As the story opens Ray tells his fellow balloons that “This is the day!”.  And, sure enough, as the parade the balloons are a part of unfolds, Ray’s dream is realized. With a resounding “SNAP!”, Ray’s lines begin breaking and he floats up, up, up and away. Not even his handlers can stop his escape.

Young readers will cheer for the determined balloon with the smile on his bright yellow face as he finally soars aloft, achieves new heights and disappears over the horizon.

With the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade not far off, this is a picture book that youngsters five and older won’t forget. As they watch the parade on TV or in person, don’t be surprised if they wonder where Ray is or keeping hoping one of the huge balloons breaks free!

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