Synopses & Reviews
First some backstory: the late Paul Margulies a legendary ad man wrote this story for his daughters one of whom now stars in The Good Wife. Shaffer making his children’s book debut is also the husband of Julianna Margulies’s co star Alan Cumming. In the story three sisters are rewarded with magic balloons after selflessly spending their treat money on food for the animals at the Children’s Zoo. That night the balloons carry the girls and their beds into the heavens (“It was like a garden but no garden you have ever seen”) where they meet fantastical beasts sing with three angels and return home escorted by color coordinated songbirds. Whipped up from elements reminiscent of Grimm Andersen and a dash of Joseph Campbell the story aims for a soufflé like tone although passages like “the creatures didn’t need food. They were nourished by the kind thoughts of children” can get a bit sugary. But Shaffer’s stylishness cheery palette and fluid lines effectively counter any preciousness; he choreographs all the floating soaring and prettiness so skillfully that the images really do seem lighter than air. Ages 3–7. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh WME. (May) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Julianna Margulies presents this story her father wrote for her and her sisters when they were children.
Saturdays at the Children's Zoo with their father always end the same way for Ariel, Miranda, and Jane: he offers them money for a treat, but they instead choose to buy food for the animals. On this particular Saturday, a mysterious balloon man gives them a small reward for their kindness--one balloon each, to be tied to their bedposts that night. Soon they find that the balloons bring them more magic than they could ever have imagined. For readers who love the magic and wonder in Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.