Take a tour of Boston with the Balloonies!

My daughter loves balloons. She points them out where ever she sees them and gives me those begging eyes whenever she sees someone handing them out.

I always felt there was something a little magical about balloons. They way they float. How some of them can be twisted into shapes of animals and objects. And how they can bring smiles to the faces of those receiving them.

I think that is why my daughter was so excited when we received The Boston Balloonies.

The Boston Balloonies is an amazingly creative and cute book written by Ed Shankman and illustrated by Dave O’Neill. In the book a group of balloons take you on whirlwind adventure through Boston, in true Balloonie fashion!

I love that this book, and the Balloonies, give you a personal tour of the great sites in Boston. The Shankman and O’Neill team also gives you tours of Maine and Cape Cod in I Met a Moose in Maine One Day and The Cods of Cape Cod!

So, what sets these books apart from all of the other children’s books out there? The stories themselves are so clever. They are personalized to local areas that many of us have visited ourselves and the stories are told in a rhyming fashion that are catchy and fun to read. They reminded me of how a Dr. Seuss book reads. The illustrations themselves are cute, fun, colorful, and draw you in!!!

The Shankman and O’Neill books have quickly become favorites in our house. I love reading them and my daughter loves hearing them.

All three books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Commonwealth Editions (click here for details) and are must-haves for your child’s library!!! And once your child falls in love with The Boston Balloonies have them create their own version of the Balloonies and submit their art to Shankman and O’Neill online!

You can learn more about these wonderful books and what you can expect next from Shankman and O’Neill by visiting these sites:

Shankman and O’Neill are generously giving away a SIGNED copy of The Boston Balloonies here at 5 Minutes for Giveaways! That’s right…you’re not only getting a great book but it will be SIGNED!!!

To enter, just leave a comment here by Friday, November 6th. One winner (US addresses only) will be announced Saturday, November 7.

And don’t forget to check-out our reviews of I Met a Moose in Maine One Day and The Cods of Cape Cod where you can enter to win signed copies of each of those books as well!!!

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Contributing Editor: Stacey Lynn

205 Responses to Take a tour of Boston with the Balloonies!
  1. Krista
    October 19, 2009 | 12:23 am

    These look like so much fun… especially since we’d be learning about a place we hope to visit some day!

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  7. Amanda R.
    October 19, 2009 | 7:39 am

    We love new books around our house, and this one looks like a keeper! Thanks!

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  9. Peggy Gorman
    October 19, 2009 | 7:45 am

    Adorable!
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  13. Mama Zen
    October 19, 2009 | 8:16 am

    What a fun book!

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  15. trish
    October 19, 2009 | 9:00 am

    looks like a great one. Thank you
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  16. Stephanie
    October 19, 2009 | 9:15 am

    This sounds like a great book for my little guy!

  17. Lisa
    October 19, 2009 | 9:59 am

    Oooh, fun!

  18. Cecily
    October 19, 2009 | 11:42 am

    What a great little book!!

  19. Steph
    October 19, 2009 | 2:28 pm

    Looks like a cute book. My daughter is a balloon nut so should would love it.

  20. Michael Capp
    October 19, 2009 | 3:03 pm

    I’d love to win!

  21. Ann F
    October 19, 2009 | 3:42 pm

    I’d like to win this for my daughter

  22. The Gang's Momma
    October 19, 2009 | 4:38 pm

    These sound like so much fun! They’d be great for my new reader to read to my toddler who loves balloons. A win-win for all of us!

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  26. Renee C
    October 19, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    These books would be perfect for my kids! My husband was born in Cape Cod and my mother-in-law is from Maine.

  27. Nad
    October 19, 2009 | 7:47 pm

    This looks like a really cute book!

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  30. andrea v
    October 19, 2009 | 7:51 pm

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    October 19, 2009 | 7:54 pm

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  36. Lisa B.
    October 19, 2009 | 8:14 pm

    This book looks great!

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  40. Linda Kish
    October 19, 2009 | 8:37 pm

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  42. Benita G.
    October 19, 2009 | 9:02 pm

    These look like lots of fun. Thanks for the chance.

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  45. Cindy B. in Montana
    October 19, 2009 | 9:05 pm

    What a great way to interest kids in learning about other places!

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  49. Jen @ Happy Little Homemaker
    October 19, 2009 | 9:14 pm

    Looks great. Thanks for offering!

  50. Marj M.
    October 19, 2009 | 9:21 pm

    Wonderful. We all get to “visit” places that we may not actually go to.

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  52. Becky M
    October 19, 2009 | 9:25 pm

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    October 19, 2009 | 10:30 pm

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  57. Jessica T
    October 19, 2009 | 11:19 pm

    Cool! I just “doled out” a few balloons for my kids to play with today!

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  60. Thao
    October 19, 2009 | 11:44 pm

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    October 20, 2009 | 6:59 am

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    October 20, 2009 | 8:30 am

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    October 20, 2009 | 11:14 am

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  77. judy brittle
    October 20, 2009 | 12:13 pm

    I would love tjis book for my granddaughter. It looks great! Thank you!

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  81. Laura C
    October 20, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    This would make a great story I can read to my
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  82. Rhonda Brand
    October 20, 2009 | 1:45 pm

    Books. We love books, and we LOVE balloons.

  83. Blessed
    October 20, 2009 | 8:34 pm

    I love books like this and my little one loves balloons too!

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    October 20, 2009 | 11:47 pm

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    October 21, 2009 | 8:15 am

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  87. T with Honey
    October 21, 2009 | 8:21 am

    I think I know what I’m getting my Boston area native friend for her next birthday. Sure, she’s in her 30s but she would LOVE this book!

  88. Rebecca
    October 21, 2009 | 2:20 pm

    Cute!

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    October 21, 2009 | 2:20 pm

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  90. Marcie
    October 21, 2009 | 2:26 pm

    What little kid wouldn’t love these?

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  92. Stacy
    October 21, 2009 | 7:16 pm

    My daughter loves books. This one looks great!

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  94. Shanda
    October 21, 2009 | 10:10 pm

    How fun! We took our daughter to Boston this year.

  95. Kristine
    October 22, 2009 | 8:47 am

    Wow, I’d never heard of these books. I grew up in the Boston area but have since moved South. Since we don’t make it up there very often anymore, I would love one of these books to show my 4 year daughter all the places around Boston that I grew up seeing.

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  99. Sarah Osborne
    October 22, 2009 | 6:19 pm

    Too cute! I’ve heard that Shankman and O’neill books are very well liked.

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  103. Erin Lowmaster
    October 22, 2009 | 8:01 pm

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  106. Cyndee
    October 23, 2009 | 8:08 pm

    I would like to have these books for my great
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  107. Carolyn
    October 24, 2009 | 7:10 pm

    I’d love to win. I’m a native Bostonian and I’m bringing my children back next summer for their first visits.

  108. Bethie
    October 24, 2009 | 10:37 pm

    Please count me in. Thanks for the chance.

  109. Susan
    October 24, 2009 | 11:35 pm

    The Boston Balloonies is so cute! Our 5 year old grand-daughter is just starting to read and I think she would really enjoy this.

    I can just hear her Grandpa reading this to her and her 2 year old brother with his Boston accent!!!

  110. Rosey
    October 25, 2009 | 1:03 pm

    What a cute concept for a book!

  111. Linda M.
    October 25, 2009 | 1:42 pm

    Storytime is a tradition I’ve loved to share with my children & now it’s even more fun with my grandchildren! I sure would love to add this to our collection.

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  114. Honey Mommy
    October 25, 2009 | 5:15 pm

    This book looks so cute!

  115. Idaho Jill
    October 25, 2009 | 5:17 pm

    My daughter loves balloons; this looks great, thanks!

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  120. Deb
    October 25, 2009 | 11:30 pm

    Would be a great addition to our “library” for our daughter!

  121. Amanda Starr
    October 26, 2009 | 12:36 pm

    Great giveaway, would love to win

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    We don’t want this one, yet it’s a good place to remind others that natural rubber latex allergy is dangerous and please be careful of others who have this life-threatening allergy.

  125. Rebecca
    October 26, 2009 | 3:58 pm

    cute book!!!

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    October 27, 2009 | 4:31 am

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    October 27, 2009 | 2:11 pm

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  132. Cheryl Lund
    October 27, 2009 | 3:30 pm

    I would love to read this to my niece and nephew.

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    October 27, 2009 | 7:16 pm

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    October 28, 2009 | 7:59 am

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    October 28, 2009 | 2:25 pm

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    October 30, 2009 | 10:51 am

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    October 30, 2009 | 11:44 am

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    October 30, 2009 | 1:07 pm

    Would love to win this for my son.

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    November 1, 2009 | 4:31 pm

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    November 2, 2009 | 10:29 pm

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  164. ElV
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    November 5, 2009 | 5:42 pm

    Happy Autumn!

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    November 6, 2009 | 1:18 am

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  202. [...] much we loved some of their books — I Met a Moose in Maine One Day, The Cods of Cape Cod, and The Boston Balloonies. Well, it looks like our new favorite author/illustrator team is back at it again with a new [...]