Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
A fun, fact-filled text by Kathryn Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford’s dazzling full-color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 World’s Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.
Praise For Mr. Ferris and His Wheel…
—Booklist, starred review
"The modernist look, inherently interesting topic, and strong documentation...make this title a positive addition."
—School Library Journal
"Kids who take ferris wheels for granted should find this history eye-opening."
"Davis’s picture-book account of the Ferris Wheel construction does a first-rate job of capturing the many risks—to civic pride, financial success, and public safety—that attached to the first iteration of what most readers have already enjoyed as a local carnival attraction."
"Davis delivers a tense and satisfying underdog story, while Ford creates a stylized 19th-century landscape."
"[An] informative and entertaining account."
—Wall Street Journal
HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780547959221, 40pp.
Publication Date: September 2, 2014
About the Author
Gilbert Ford was born into a family of photographers. Instead of taking up the camera, he moved to New York to attend the prestigious Pratt Institute. His illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, toys, billboards and advertisements.