Author(s): Gaelyn Gordon
Originally published in 1998, now reformatted for the Blue Balloon series. Jenni is having a birthday. Each of her friends has brought her an unusual gift; the biggest of all is a life-sized inflatable whale. As each guest arrives they join the queue to pump up the whale...until the inevitable happens. Gordon's joyous, rhyming text bounces along accompanied by Tarlton's suitably ludicrous characters.
Winner of New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards: Children's Choice 1999. Shortlisted for New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Picture Book 1999.