The Twenty-one Balloons

The Twenty-one Balloons

Book - 1947
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Penguin Putnam
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
Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?


Random House, Inc.
Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?

Baker & Taylor
Relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic. Reissue.

Baker
& Taylor

Relates the adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific, survives the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa, and is eventually picked up in the Atlantic.

Publisher: New York : The Viking press, 1947
ISBN: 9781439516348
9780670734412
0670734411
9780140320978
Characteristics: 179 p. : illus. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 21 balloons

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Berlysbooks Nov 15, 2017

Vintage charm, quirky inventions, hot air ballooning, unintended adventure and fun suspense! This is one of the great ones!

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tchrtah
Jul 05, 2016

I loved this book! My favorite part would have to be the description of the Krakatoan restaurant government and the diamond mine. I also liked the Krakatoan inventions. This author was amazingly creative, making this one of my new favorite books.

Lexicon_ Nov 23, 2012

Just as fantastic as it was when my grade 6 teacher read it to my class over a decade ago.

The inventions marvel the mind, even in 2012! This is a fast-paced, enjoyable read.

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