Reviews for Ultimate Balloon Book : 46 Projects to Blow Up, Bend & Twist


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 August 2001
Gr. 5-8. Levine, author of books such as Awesome YoYo Tricks (2000) and The Magnet Book (1997), teams up with street performer Michael Ouchi to explore the possibilities and the methods of making animals, bracelets, hats, costumes, and even playhouses from balloons. Long, skinny balloons twisted into dachshunds are just the beginning here (difficulty scale: 1 out of 5). More advanced students of the art may want to attempt the dragon, the space ship, or the "three-braid maze with racing balloon balls." Beginning with information about materials, techniques, and safety, the book goes on to explain how to make a wide variety of projects, which are clearly illustrated with step-by-step line drawings as well as colorful photos of the evolving shapes. An appealing and practical guide. ((Reviewed August 2001)) Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2001 June #3
Grab a balloon and The Ultimate Balloon Book: 46 Projects to Blow Up, Bend & Twist by Shar Levine and Michael Ouchi for hours of fun. After a quick overview of balloon types, safety tips and techniques, the volume offers step-by-step diagrams of how to create a dog, a stegosaurus and a guitar. Chapters titled "Wearable Balloons" and "Fun and Games with Balloons" give hints about what's in store. ( June) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2001 October
Gr 6 Up-A terrific how-to guide. The book begins with a discussion of the supplies needed, techniques used, safety tips, and tricks of the trade. Following this introduction are clear, step-by-step instructions for a number of projects. Each one is illustrated with easy-to-understand line drawings and a photograph of the completed creation. There are balloon animals, plants, airplanes, hats, bracelets, costumes, decorations, houses, and games to make and play with. An exciting invitation to fun.-Cynde Marcengill, formerly at Horry County Memorial Library, Surfside Beach, SC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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