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Thomas, James and the Red Balloon is a German book, illustrated using photographs from the television series.
A red hot-air balloon arrives on Sodor and everyone is excited. Everyone except for Thomas and James, who worry that the balloon will steal their passengers. But when they are waiting at a level crossing, the balloon lands on James. Later the Fat Controller explains that it is just an attraction.
- The cover features a photo from Thomas, Percy and the Squeak, but that's not included in the book.