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Raccoon and the Hot Air Balloon Blog Tour, Day 6 – Reading Pebbles

We’ve made it to the end of our Raccoon and the Hot Air Balloon blog tour! We’ve flown over 5 fellow bloggers to read about how much they’ve enjoyed this adventure tale, and now we’ve finally landed at Reading Pebbles!

was delighted to have the chance to review this new picture books from Maverick publishing, and be part of the blog tour. The front cover is eye-catching and the kind of image that will immediately grab children’s attention. I can see this being a popular choice in libraries. There is something exciting about stories that involve flight and the possibilities that this offers for different visual perspectives and adventure.

The Raccoon in this story is an especially loveable character. The illustrator Kritsten Humphrey has done a great job with the Raccoon’s expressions which will help young readers understand what she is feeling at different points in the story. 

At the start of the story the Raccoon rescues a chick from a tree. The Raccoon dreams of being able to fly, this page reminded me so much of Mog the Forgetful cat, where he dreams about flying. 

I love how the image of the hot air balloon is repeated across the page so you get the sense of movement. However, some young children might need it explaining that this is the same hot air balloon and not 4 moving across the page!

Most of the story is about the accidental ride the Raccoon takes in a hot air balloon. Towards the end the Eagle (who’s chick Raccoon rescued) and it’s friends rescue her. It would be a great additional task to try and identify all the birds in this picture.  A story of adventure, kindness and looking out for others. 

Thank you, Melissa! 
Head over to Reading Pebbles to read the full review!
Raccoon and the Hot Air Balloon is available to order now – check it out here!