Picture Book Saturday: World on a String (Larry Phifer)

The Deets:
Audience: picture book
Publisher: June 4th 2013 by Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
ISBN: 9780988698406
Source: e-arc from netgalley in exchange for an honest review


World on a StringWorld on a String is the story of a young boy, Charlie, who finds and befriends a big red balloon. Soon, Charlie and his balloon become best friends. They play together. They go to school together. They do everything together.

Then, one night, Charlie’s balloon comes untied in a thunderstorm. At first, Charlie is very sad. He imagines that his friend is lost, tangled and all alone.

However, by remembering the happy times they shared, Charlie is able to shift his perspective, deal with his loss and, ultimately, he imagines his balloon as a very important part of the starry sky.


This is a simple story about loss and acceptance. The child in the book is very attached to his red balloon. But when a strong wind takes his balloon away, he has to learn to cope with the loss. At first he is overcome with grief and distraught, but he learns to accept his loss. In the end, he finds comfort and learns to move on.

The pictures are very stunning. They remind me vaguely of the illustrations in The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore, but they have more of a watercolor feel to them. The colors are vibrant and draw your attention to the page. There is an abvious whimsical feel that makes this book very appealing and appropriate for younger readers.

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