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Children’s Literature Reviews: The Glove Balloon

September 9th, 2013 . by Tim Babb (TANcast's #1 Host/Editor Fan)

30 Days and 30 Blogs
Day 9

As a father, I get to read a lot of different books to my son. This experience is surprisingly more rewarding than pre-parent Tim would have guessed. (Apparently it’s also good for the kid. Learning or something. Whatevs.) But the downside is that you have to read a lot of books over and over. When you do that, the flaws really start to jump out at you. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to examine some of these books. Warning: spoilers! (As in you’re going to see the whole book). Today we’re looking at the Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club House mini-book, The Glove Balloon.

Now these books are only 5 pages long (10 if you count the pictures) so their stories obviously aren’t real deep, but let’s dive into this one.

Ok…Goofy’s foot is not “caught” in the Glove Balloon, it looks like he’s straining to get it in there. Whatever happens from here on in is clearly his fault.

Wait…Pluto’s in the balloon too? Who leaves a dog (the non-sentient kind) alone in a hot air balloon?

Oh good, Mickey has a go-go gadget car that he can use to rescue them.

THAT’S his rescue plan?! He tells someone else to solve the problem. Awesome. I’m gonna do that from now on. If I see a mugging Ill say, “Tim to the rescue.” Then I’ll yell through a bull horn at some random person, “Stop that mugger.”

Not only that, he’s telling the dog (the non-sentient one) to pull in a another dog using only his teeth? That seems like a long shot to pan out. Even if Pluto understands the command, he’s still got quite a lot of physics to overcome. And why are the wheels of the car back down on the ground again. If anything they should be higher to try and get closer to the balloon in case Pluto fails. Why did they even activate the go-go gadget car legs on the last page if they were going to retract them when it would have helped?

…and does Goofy seem way too happy about dangling so high above the earth by a rope?

Ok, what?! The car wheels are back up again? Don’t get e wrong, I’m glad Pluto and Goofy got down safe, but now Mickey is just messing with them. Now they have to jump up to try and get in his car.

I love Mickey Mouse and all, but I don’t think he’s gonna be one of my first calls if I ever get caught up in a crisis.

4 Responses to “Children’s Literature Reviews: The Glove Balloon”

  1. DeanNo Gravatar Says:

    Goofy has jook for brains and cannot rationally assess risk factors… hence, the goofy smile

  2. JennNo Gravatar Says:

    Look at the branding on that thing! A story about Mickey isn’t enough–the text pages are decorated with Mickey heads, even Mickey heads inside Mickey heads! I’m a little disgusted by that book, Tim, even though I’m a Disney fan and I’m sure your sensible wife makes sure there are plenty of books without commercial characters available to your son. It’s clearly adapted from a Clubhouse episode, and the plot holes probably didn’t matter to the publisher, because its assumed the kids watch the show. (I recall you writing somewhere that your son gets very litte TV time.) That said, I like the art. The second illustration (used on the cover) is my favorite. That’s where you can ask your son a question or two: How does Goofy feel right now? How does Pluto feel? Why do you think that? I like that glove balloon–what does it look like? What would we see if we rode in a balloon?

    I bet you say “Hot dog!” In Mickey’s voice!

  3. Jess (TANcast's #1 relapsed fan)No Gravatar Says:

    We have one of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ABC books for my son. (I’ll preface this by saying I’m a big Donald Duck fan)

    In the book, G is for Goofy, M is for Mickey and Minnie, and P is for Pluto. But what does D stand for? Donald? No not so fast, it stands for Daisy. Daisy “I’m not even in the Fab 4” Duck.

    Donald gets the shaft again.

  4. Andrew, TANcast's #[square root of -1] Australian fanNo Gravatar Says:

    Why did the balloon go up and come down again?

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