A Billion Balloons of Questions

Amy B. Moreno; Illustrated by Carlos Vélez

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  • A funny, quirky story about curiosity and exploration from Scottish author Amy Moreno, told in English and with Spanish words and phrases reflecting Eva's Peruvian heritage and bilingual home
  • Contains emotional learning messages about the importance of questions -- encouraging children to ask them (even if they seem difficult or unimportant), finding answers together and accepting that sometimes questions don't have a right answer
  • Bold, colourful artwork from Mexican illustrator Carlos Velez brings life and character to the story with imaginatively shaped balloons representing Eva's multitude of questions -- from llamas to space rockets and rainbows
  • The perfect picture book for inquisitive, busy young minds as the story gently reminds children to try not to get overwhelmed by their many thoughts and questions
  • Grown-ups will chuckle at Eva's familiar, endless curiosity whilst children will love the fun illustrations and quirky questions, from "What can I do about all the plastic in the ocean?" to "Dónde está Peru?"

Eva's life is full of big balloons of questions that she carries around all day -- until she finds the answer she's looking for. A humorous and heart-warming bilingual story about young children's natural curiosity -- with warm and vibrant illustrations.

250 x 270 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
28 pages
Publication date:
16 Jun 2022


From the moment six-year-old Eva wakes up, her day is full of questions. Her Peruvian Papá says she has billions of questions, but really Eva has balloons full of questions that she carries around until she can find the answers.

She has big questions like "What can I do about all the plastic in the ocean?" and small questions like "Dónde está Peru?" She has bright questions: "¿Los unicornios existen?" and warm questions: "Could I invent a hug that would last all day long?" She has funny questions like "Do bats get dizzy hanging upside down?" and confusing questions: "Why are oranges orange?!"

Sometimes Eva's bunch of balloons grows so big that it feels overwhelming, but she's learning that it can take time to find out all the answers, and that's OK.

This funny and heart-warming story by Scottish author Amy Moreno inventively captures the joy and busyness of young children's minds and encourages families to ask questions -- even when they don't have the answers. Coming from a bilingual family, Amy gives authentic insight into how Eva communicates, with a lively story in English and Spanish. Mexican illustrator Carlos Velez's wonderfully vivid artwork is full of warmth and humour.


'Fun, gentle and joyous, A Billion Balloons of Questions will carry curious young minds to the clouds and beyond. This thoughtful tale encourages emotional growth and learning while skilfully weaving in aspects of life in a bilingual home. It's simply bursting with warmth and big ideas.'
-- Katharine Orton, author of Nevertell and Glassheart


Amy B. Moreno writes poetry and fiction for adults and children. She grew up in Scotland, but speaks fluent Spanish and spent four years working with a charity in Peru. Her professional background is working with vulnerable children, young people and women, and in interpreting and translation. She currently lives in Edinburgh with her young family. Her first picture book, A Billion Balloons of Questions, is inspired by her Scottish-Peruvian children and the experience of living in a bilingual household.

Carlos Vélez is an award-winning children's illustrator from Mexico. Born and raised in Mexico City, he graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Carlos is the illustrator of over twenty books for children including Sleeping with the Light On and Three Lines and a Circle. He lives in Coyoacán, Mexico.

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