Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead Book Review

Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: October 7, 2014

On a boring day, on a dull street, Sebastian sat high atop his roof dreaming of adventure. He finds it in his hot air balloon made of Grandma's afghans and patchwork quilts.

From the muted color palette to the "quietness" of the story, this tale reminded me of old books for the sixties and early seventies. There is a nonsensical whimsy about the story that made it feel magical, but int the end it wasn't about anything in particular. Beautiful to look at, but not much substance, I imagine this will be a book that adults will like a lot more than kids. An additional star though for Sebastian being darker skinned. We need more diverse picture books.