My Bed is an Air Balloon
Published by Faber, 2018
When night falls my bed is an air balloon.
I sail through the slipsiverse, close by the moon.
I float above treetops where fluttertufts are sleeping
And flowering hills where the whifflepigs go creeping;
Ponds strung with starlight that glitter like glass,
A floog with her velvet nose bent to the grass…
A beautifully presented picture book with two front covers, the text can be read from front to back and vice versa. The mirror form poem meets in the middle in a stunning centrepiece image as the two children in the story (twins, one in an air balloon, the other a sailing boat) meet in the clouds!
Poetic and intriguing… Jay’s whimsical paintings with their soft lines, calming blue-green-natural palette, round-faced children, and smiling moon match perfectly with Copus’ rhythmic text to make for a calming bedtime read.
My Bed is an Air Balloon is a slightly strange and all the way wonderful picture book that’s destined to be a bedtime classic. Imagines a world of nighttime travels and adventure, where children’s beds turn into air balloons and sailing boats, floating over a land full of whimsical imaginary creatures. Its poetic flights of fancy will delight both parents and children.
Reads like a lyric poem, in a sing-song rhythm with the lines of words in a wavy formation from page to page. Perfect for a day care, preschool and even a kindergarten classroom to share at nap time. This is a five star.
A soothing bedtime read… full of nonsense words ‘fluttertufts’ and ‘whifflepigs’ to describe the wondrous creatures living in the worlds below.
My Bed is an Air Balloon brings playfulness and joy to bedtime storytime… What better way to send your kids off to dreamland?