A. Harris Stone brings us another of his books of interesting activities, this time using a balloon as the focus of attention. Like other attempts by this author (Rocks and Rills, Chemistry of a Lemon), the scope of the activities is extensive and not smoothly sequenced. A bundle of ideas (mostly available elsewhere) using balloons and pieces of balloons forms the substance; the experiences range from electrostatics (have you ever rubbed a balloon?) to expansion (or placed a balloon in a freezer?) with no apparent connection--any idea using a balloon seems to do. In sum, the activities in no way lead the reader to ""seeing, thinking and asking questions about things the way a scientist does""--but they are fun.