Cover image for Blue bus, red balloon : a book of colors
Blue bus, red balloon : a book of colors
Publication Information:
New York : Balzer + Bray, c2013.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 17 cm.
General Note:
Cover title.

On board pages.
Follows a red balloon's journey past various modes of transportation, each displaying a different color.


Material Type
Call Number
Item Available

On Order



Kids will have fun learning their colors with the board book Everything Goes: Blue Bus, Red Balloon: A Book of Colors by Brian Biggs.

Brian Biggs combines all kinds of vehicles--flying, rolling, floating--with the colors of the rainbow in Blue Bus, Red Balloon. Children will love discovering the details in his bright cartoon illustrations.

Everything Goes: Blue Bus, Red Balloon: A Book of Colors is part of the acclaimed Everything Goes program of picture books, I Can Read books, and board books.

Author Notes

Brian Biggs was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on March 9, 1968. He attended Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has worked as an art director and graphic designer, animator for interactivity and multimedia projects, teacher, writer, and illustrator. He illustrated the Shredderman series written by Wendelin Van Draanen, the Roscoe Riley Rules series written by Katherine Applegate, and the Brownie and Pearl series written by Cynthia Rylant. He writes and illustrates the Everything Goes series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Biggs expands on his vehicular Everything Goes series with a focused and fun story that traces the journey of a red balloon after a girl loses it while entering a yellow taxi. The text simply names the vehicles the balloon floats past, including a green van, black sports car (the balloon snags the passenger's hat as it passes), and white airplane, all rendered in Biggs's familiar chunky cartooning. The girl peeks out of several vehicles, and Biggs ends with a happy (and colorful) reunion. Simultaneously available: Goodnight Trucks: A Bedtime Book. Up to age 4. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

A catalog of colorful vehicles. A young girl gets into a yellow taxi and loses her bright, red balloon. The balloon floats through the double-page spreads that follow and encounters a green van, a blue bus (in which readers see the young lady in pursuit), a purple sailboat, a white airplane and more. When the balloon encounters a black sports car, it appears to mischievously steal the hat of a passenger. In the end, the balloon floats over a circus to meet a rainbow train, flies past a clown on a unicycle (which is the book's only wordless spread) and returns back to its original owner, who is now riding in a multicolored hot air balloon of her own. Biggs' bright and brash cartoons, employing thick black lines, are as droll and lighthearted as ever against subtle cityscape backdrops. The vehicles and their colors are easy to identify (although the orange helicopter is a little too yellow) and are labeled in a bold type with the color written in the featured hue. While not as strong as the first two titles in the series (1 2 3 Beep Beep Beep!: A Counting Book and Stop! Go! A Book of Opposites, both 2013), Biggs' playful vehicles keep this one chugging along. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.