The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen (Hachette Children’s)

Kipper - The Blue Balloon

As you may already be aware, a rather small dog is celebrating a rather major birthday this year. Kipper the iconic dog, will be turning a whopping great 30 years old.

Mick Inkpen’s much-loved pooch has been enchanting children the world over and his first appearance was in ‘The Blue Balloon‘.

To celebrate this milestone, Hodder Children’s are publishing a special 30th anniversary edition of this classic picture book.

We too were invited to hold our own celebrations in honour of this special occasion and to pay tribute to this big birthday, we produced this stop motion video of Kipper’s inaugural flight in his blue balloon.

Many children will have been brought-up on a good dose of this well-known puppy via the classic books and the more recent television series and we do hope Kipper and Mick keep the next generation of young readers enthralled by this fun loving pup!

The book has sold over 500,000 copies and now with a revamp, bonus material and including fold-out pages, this is a tome to be treasured.


Follow the rest of ‘Kipper’s Big Blue Balloon‘ blog tour with this fabulous line-up of book bloggers, to see how they celebrate this iconic pup’s special birthday.

Head over to Twitter to be in with a chance to win your own copy of this special edition of ‘The Blue Balloon‘.

3 thoughts on “The Blue Balloon by Mick Inkpen (Hachette Children’s)

  1. We love Kipper and Mike Inkpen’s illustrations. I would have never guessed they were 30 years old!

  2. This was one of my favourite books as a child. I’ve been reading (my original copy) to my little girl today and experiencing that joy all over again.

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