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A Billion Balloons of Questions

September 2022
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    13th September 2022
  • ISBN 9781782507765
  • Language English
  • Pages 28 pp.
  • Size 10.63" x 9.84"

From the moment six-year-old Eva wakes up, her day is full of questions. Her Peruvian Papá says she has billions of questions, but really Eva has balloons full of questions that she carries around until she can find the answers.

She has big questions like, “What can I do about all the plastic in the ocean?” And she has small questions like, “Dónde está Peru?” She has bright questions: “¿Los unicornios existen?” And she has warm questions: “Could I invent a hug that would last all day long?” She has funny questions like, “Do bats get dizzy hanging upside down?” And confusing questions: “Why are oranges orange?!”

Sometimes Eva’s bunch of balloons grows so big that it feels overwhelming, but she’s learning that it can take time to find out all the answers, and that’s okay.

This funny, heartwarming story by Scottish author Amy Moreno inventively captures the joy and busyness of young children’s minds and encourages families to ask questions—even when they don’t have the answers. Coming from a bilingual family, Amy gives authentic insight into how Eva communicates, with a lively story in English and Spanish. Mexican illustrator Carlos Vélez’s wonderfully vivid artwork is full of warmth and humor.

(Ages 4 to 7 years)

Amy B. Moreno

Amy B. Moreno writes poetry and fiction for adults and children. She grew up in Scotland, but speaks fluent Spanish and spent four years working with a charity in Peru. Her professional background is working with vulnerable children, young people and women, and in interpreting and translation. She currently lives in Edinburgh with her young family. Her first picture book, A Billion Balloons of Questions, was inspired by her Scottish-Peruvian children and the experience of living in a bilingual household.