Unpoppable discussion guide



Author: Tim Hopgood

Illustrator: Tim Hopgood

Publisher: Macmillan

Suggested Year Group: EYFS


A boy has an unpoppable balloon which he follows on its journey until it disappears from his sight. It travels onwards alone, going  beyond the milky way before returning to the boy with an unexpected friend. When the balloon does pop the boy and his new friend are treated to an amazing firework display.

Points for Discussion:

Talk about times you have let a balloon go.

  • What happened?
  • Did you let go accidentally or on purpose?
  • Where do you think the balloon went?

Spend some time looking at the pictures of the balloon’s journey.

  • How does the boy feel as he watches his balloon?
  • Do his feelings change as the balloon goes further away?

Pay particular attention to his facial expressions.

  • How do they change?

Have a go at pulling the same faces as the boy and describe the emotion. Use the following word cards to support discussion. Each child takes a card and matches the feeling to the place in the story where it matches best. They should say a sentence, e.g. the boy is worried when he can’t see his unpoppable.

















  • Where is the balloon going?
  • Will the boy ever see it again?

Look at the way the word unpoppable has been written.

  • Why has the author made the ‘pop’ look bigger that the other letters?
  • Why does the boy call it an unpoppable and not a balloon?
  • Are there any words that you use different names for?

How do you feel when the balloon pops at the end?

  • Did you expect that to happen?
  • If there was a speech bubble on the page, what would it say?

Imagine you are the boy. What would you tell someone else about your exciting day? Retell the story orally as a group.

If you let go of a balloon on the school playground where would it go? Draw pictures of the things you can see in the sky that the balloon would go past. This could lead to a group version of the story.


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