World on a String ARC review

Title: World on a string Author:  Larry Phifer, Danny Popovici (Illustrator) Publisher: Independent Book Publishers Associat...

World on a string

 Larry Phifer, Danny Popovici (Illustrator)

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Publication Date:
Expected publication: June 4th 2013

E-book, 36 pages (received to do an honest review)

 Picture book that offers a uniquely uplifting perspective on loss.

World 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.

         World on a String is a beautiful story about friendship and loss. With beautiful illustrations, you get propelled right back to your childhood, where everything was simple and magical.

         Charlie befriends a red ballon "bright like the moon". They go through various adventures together, quickly becoming inseparable. But then, a storm comes and the balloon gets untied and no matter how much Charlie tries to keep it by his side, it's all for nothing. He becomes sad, imagining what his friend is going through right now, all by himself. But he also remembers the good times they had, cherished memories flashing before his eyes. Charlie comes to the conclusion that even though he misses his friend, he's not coming back.

         Despite having only 36 pages, the story feels like it's told just in the right pace, it doesn't feel rushed at all. If you have a child, then you should definitely read this to him!

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  1. Aww this sounds awesome!! I'm always looking for good books to read to my son. About half of all picture books I pick up are pretty dumb, this one sounds fab!! I'm definitely going to look into it :)

    Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Book Blog

    1. Well this one is definitely worthwhile, not only it has beautiful illustrations, but an actual story as well.

      Glad I could be of help :)