Product Description Balloons are bright and floaty and shiny and perfect. More than anything else in the whole wide world, Isabel wants a balloon. Everyone will get one on Graduation Dayâeveryone except the porcupines, because Porcupines + Balloons = Trouble But Isabel isn't going to settle for another boring bookmark. She has a plan. . . . From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 2âOn graduation day, every animal will receive a balloonâexcept for Isabel and Walter, because their quills don't mix well with inflatables. Their teacher promises them each a special graduation bookmark, but the young porcupines long for balloons. Iris sets out to design the perfect apparatus to shield their quills, and after several tries, she finds the perfect solution. Illustrations full of color and personality add to the story's depth and appeal. Authentic dialogue, a touch of humor, and Isabel's ingenious invention make this tale of desire and determination a keeper.â Amanda Moss Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From Booklist In a cheerful school of possums, raccoons, and other woodland creatures, porcupines are left out on graduation day. While everyone else gets a bright, buoyant balloon to hold, the porcupines get bookmarks. A porcupine named Isabel tries to get around this school rule with her friend Walter, but their teacher, Ms. Quill, stands firm; a popped balloon might scare someone. Rankin's animal illustrations are wonderfully expressive and make the most of Isabel and Walter's comically doomed efforts: wearing a quill-covering box (but then you can't get through doorways), strapping pillows onto each other (but quills shred pillows), and wrapping Walter in packing bubbles (âBut the other kids tried to pop himâ). On the night before graduation, Isabel sees the solution in a bowl of gum drops. Isabel bursts through the classroom door, her face glowing and each of her quills topped with colorful beadlike objects. Her porcupine pals happily adopt her look, and the final page reveals Ms. Quill, a grown-up porcupine, in all her gumdrop glory. Underwood's story is entertainingly told and sweetly satisfying. Preschool-Grade 1. --Abby Nolan Review âEntertainingly told and sweetly satisfying.â (ALA Booklist) âAuthentic dialogue, a touch of humor, and Isabelâs ingenious invention make this tale of desire and determination a keeper.â (School Library Journal) âSure to delight even the prickliest of readers.â ( Kirkus Reviews) About the Author Deborah Underwood is the author of The Quiet Book, illustrated by Renata Liwska, and Granny Gomez and Jigsaw, illustrated by Scott Magoon. She lives in San Francisco, California. Ginger Foglesong Gibson is the author of numerous books for children, including the bilingual favorites Â¡Fiesta!, Siesta, and Â¡Bravo! She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in early childhood education, and now lives in Seattle, Washington. Laura Rankin is the creator of The Handmade Alphabet, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie. She is the illustrator of many other books for children, including A Balloon for Isabel, by Deborah Underwood. She lives in Easton, Maryland.