What in the world does that mean?! Well, haven’t you ever read a really great book and wished they would make a movie adaptation of it? (Generally, Hollywood does that a lot!). Well, it’s the same in the balloon world! Sometimes there’s an awesome book that decorators simply can’t resist turning into–not a movie–but an amazing balloon structure! How about a trio of classics, for starters?!
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
* One of the most popular children’s books of all time is “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” written by the English author Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson–known more commonly by his pen name, Lewis Carroll! When first published in 1865, there were only 2,000 copies printed. Though the book was reviewed unfavorably by critics of the day, the public scooped up every book they could find, and the first run of 2,000 sold out instantly! In fact, the magical tales of “Alice” have never been out of print!
“Alice” wasn’t just a literary hit with parents and children; two of her biggest fans at the time of publication were a very young Oscar Wilde and a not-so-very-young Queen Victoria! Nothing like getting Her Majesty’s royal stamp of approval on a book to make it a worldwide sensation, which it remains today–even having the distinction of being translated into over 125 languages!
And, of course, Hollywood came knocking, and, in 1951, the Walt Disney Studios gave the world one of the most endearing and enduring animated adaptations–the classic “Alice in Wonderland,” full of engaging tunes, vivid animation and the mysterious characters who populate Wonderland: the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and so many other kooky critters!
Most recently, director Tim Burton and actor extraordinaire Johnny Depp put their own delightfully-twisted twist on the “Alice” legend, adding a layer of demented dimension to the already-logically-illogical tale! Visually sumptuous, the Burton-Depp spin on “Alice” elevated the young lady who falls into a topsy-turvy world via a rabbit hole to an amazing new height, breathing exciting new life into the book coveted by generations of children all around the globe!
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
A new instant children’s literary classic was born in 1969, thanks to the creative genious of Eric Carle! A true triple threat, Carle designed, wrote and illustrated the modern-day masterpiece children everywhere know and love as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”!
Though the book was supposed to start life as “A Week With Willi Worm” (yes, that was the original title!), Carle’s publisher suggested gently that a bookworm might not be such a lovable protagonist for a kiddie book, and Carle agreed. Worm? No. Butterfly? Yes! Decidedly yes! And the adorable–but hungry!–caterpillar was born!
The baby caterpillar begins his journey as he spends his first week of life eating his way through every food imaginable. On Monday through Friday, he consumes one red apple, two green pears, three purple plums, four red strawberries and five juicy oranges.
On Saturday, our furry little hero feasts upon chocolate cake, ice cream, a pickle, Swiss cheese, salami, a lollipop, cherry pie, sausages, cupcakes and watermelon. But, by Sunday, all he has is a terrible tummy ache! So he eats a single green leaf, and he feels so much better, as it should be. Suddenly, he knows it’s time to crawl into his cocoon, from which he emerges a brilliant, beautiful butterfly, as it should be!
Translated into 50 languages, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” has sold over 30 million copies worldwide–the equivalent of selling one book per minute since its original publication!
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”
Prior to his success with “Caterpillar,” Eric Carle worked his illustrating magic for author Bill Martin, Jr.’s kiddie classic, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” in 1967. Carle’s website notes that in this charming tale, “appealing animals in bold colors are seen and named in a rhyming question-and-response text. It delights as it invites young readers to participate actively.” And, after all, isn’t that what any great children’s book should do?!
“We receive requests constantly to design balloon bouquets and structures for kids’ birthday parties based upon popular children’s books,” informs Tony Sellars, co-owner and founder of Party Fiesta Balloon Decor, an innovative leader in the balloon-decorating industry, based in San Jose, California. “We stay on top of what’s new and hot in popular culture the same way parents do,” Tony smiles, “because many of our customers are interested in having a new theme for their child’s party that hasn’t been done a million times before. Designing balloons that are inspired by hit television shows, cartoons, animated films and definitely children’s books is a specialty at Party Fiesta.”
Books really do make the best balloons…and vice-versa! Check in with balloon-decorating pros Tony and Rolando to see what kind of balloon magic they can create for your next party or event!
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