The first "manned" hot-air balloon is about to take off! But what are those noises coming from the basket? Based on the (POSSIBLY) true report of a day in 1783, this si the story of (PERHAPS) the bravest collection of flyers the world has ever seen, as (SORT OF) told to Marjorie Priceman.
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(290mm x 221mm x 10mm)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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US Kirkus Review »
On September 19, 1783, thousands of people visited Versailles to witness the launching of the Montgolfier brothers' new-fangled hot-air balloon. "Ballooning's first brave passengers," as it turns out, were a duck, a sheep and a rooster. Priceman sets the stage for this historic event in the funniest, breeziest way imaginable, imploring readers to pay no mind to the hows and whys but instead to focus on the brave passengers, hilariously depicted as bug-eyed with fear, shown from above as the balloon goes up, up and away. From here on out, the book is almost wordless, presenting the trembling trio in comic strip-like panels as the barnyard animals become entangled in flyaway laundry and encounter various dangerously pointy objects, from a boy's mischievous arrow (it proves helpful later) to a church spire (softened by an aforementioned sock) to the sharp-beaked bird who ultimately sends them spiraling. Priceman's wonderful, vivacious black-ink and watercolor paintings-packed with comical details-add motion and buoyancy to an already soaring tale of a historic hot-air balloon ride. (author's note, brief history of Montgolfier's balloons) (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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