Thanksgiving: When Kidlit Flies High

November 23rd, 2011 by

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, which means that very soon, tables will be laden with turkey, pie will be heaped onto plates, football will fill TV screens, and kidlit will take to the sky.

Wait, what?

I’m talking about the balloons in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, of course! Over the years, more and more children’s book characters have joined the floating ranks — most recently, Greg Heffley of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid books:


Photo from the blog of the Wimpy Kid publisher's creative director

But let’s not forget these beloved old-timers:


Giant flying Cat in the Hat, Clifford, and Horton!

I got to thinking: who else would make a good balloon? Here are my suggestions to Macy’s:

  • Harry Potter on a broom: This one’s a no-brainer; he’s already flying, and he’s AWESOME!
  • Eloise: She’s a total New Yorker, and she’s got a larger-than-life personality — a perfect fit!
  • Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events: Sure, he might scare some of the younger kids, but his head’s so big already, it would be an easy balloon to make.
  • Grover from the Percy Jackson series: What better way to capture a satyr’s graceful leaping?

Hello, Thanksgiving Day Parade bigwigs! Are you reading this? Oh, wait, I guess you’re probably busy getting ready for tomorrow’s parade… Well, let’s just pretend they’re reading this! Which kidlit characters would YOU suggest as balloons?


— Karen

Karen is making Thanksgiving dinner for her parents this year, for the first time ever. Uh, does anyone know how to cook?

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Get to know the GIANT Greg!

October 17th, 2010 by

What would you do if you looked up and saw this face, the size of a city block?

That’s right — A CITY BLOCK! That’s what I will be looking at during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. Greg, our beloved anti-hero from Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, will be floating above our heads in the form of a balloon. But unlike the image above, Greg will be smiling in the parade… kind of.

Here’s what the balloon will look like, but much, much bigger:

Photo from Chad W. Beckerman's Blog

And YOU could have a chance to see it! The publisher is having a sweepstakes and you could win a trip to NYC to see Giant Greg in person!

Greg will be in the parade to celebrate the 5th book he’s starring in: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth, which comes out on November 5th. Even I’m looking forward to seeing what Greg is up to (despite my outspoken reservations about him, which you can hear all about in the KidsmomoMO Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie review)!

— Nancy

Perhaps one day Nancy and Karen will be immortalized as giant Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons… *thinks about it* NAHHHHHH!

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