Book Review: “A Boy, A Bear, a Balloon” (Inspired by the Movie “Christopher Robin”)

I received the book A Boy, A Bear, a Balloon to review. This is a children’s book based on scenes from the upcoming film Christopher Robin. Because I don’t know how much of the book is actually based on the film, I won’t discuss the story too much. Here first is a sypnopsis of the book:

Retelling touching scenes from the upcoming Walt Disney Studios’ upcoming Christopher Robin film, this charming picture book finds Christopher reuniting with Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and the rest of his old friends when he returns to the Hundred Acre Wood for the first time since childhood. As he returns to the life he once knew, Christopher sees the world through new eyes and discovers that even as everything around us seems to change, the most important things remain constant.

Christopher Robin – in the film and the book – is now a grown-up instead of a boy. He hasn’t been back to the Hundred-Acre Wood in a long time and hasn’t seen his friends, including Pooh, Piglet, and Eeyore. Through the book, he connects with his friends again even though they keep thinking he is a Heffalump.

A Boy, A Bear, a Balloon is written by Brittany Rubiano and illustrated by Mike Wall. His artwork in the book is a lot different than much of the rest of his work for Disney, with more of a watercolor light-earthtones look to it. Wall has often illustrated books like Doc McStuffins with much more vibrant and bolder color.

Christopher Robin: A Boy, A Bear, A Balloon is 40 pages and is aimed at kids aged 8-12 though I enjoyed reading it. Kids younger than that should enjoy the book, it is a fairly easy read though Heffalumps are mentioned a lot so it would be helpful to have that familiarity. The book would make a nice gift for kids who love Winnie the Pooh.
The movie releases August 3rd, 2018. The book is out now.