Picture Book Review: World on a String, by Larry Phifer and Danny Popovici (Illustrations)


World on a String, by Larry Phifer and Danny Popovici (Illustrations)
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.

Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: Storytime Works (June 4, 2013)

My Thoughts:
When I saw the cover for this book, I knew I had to read it.  The artwork is beautiful, warm, and comforting.  It is a story about a boy that loses his best friend, and has to find peace through his grief.  It is a beautiful, uplifting story that gently addresses an issue that most of us face from time to time.

The text is written in rhyme that flows nicely and is easy to read. 

This is also available as an ebook and as an app. 

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    June 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    The artwork for this book looks AMAZING! I hope our library gets a copy soon!

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      June 5, 2013 at 12:50 am

      The artwork really is gorgeous. My kids really like this book even though the subject matter is sad.

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    Adriana Garcia
    June 5, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Oh wow this sounds a little too sad for a children's book at least the way the summary explained it. The artwork looks fantastic. I looked at more images on the kickstarter of this book and it looks even better than I thought.

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