The Twenty-One Balloons

The Twenty-One Balloons

By William Pene Du Bois

Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780142403303, 192pp.

Publication Date: December 2008

A Newbery Medal Winner
Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948"Newbery Medal," this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition.

"William Pene du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tell astory that has no age limit." "The Horn Book.

About the Author
Du Bois published his first book when he was seventeen. Since then he has written and illustrated many beloved children's books. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1948.

Praise For The Twenty-One Balloons

An absurd and fantastic tale. . . . Truth and fiction are cleverly mingled. (School Library Journal)

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