The Twenty-One Balloons

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Puffin Books, 1986 - Juvenile Fiction - 180 pages
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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 Pne du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tell a story that has no age limit." -- The Horn Book

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I love the writing, the premise, and the illustrations. - Goodreads
The ending is stupid and not a conclusion at all. - Goodreads
Filled with cool pictures too :D - Goodreads
What a fun story with wonderful illustrations. - Goodreads
A very engaging story, with some amazing illustrations! - Goodreads
my introduction to utopian/paradise lost books. - Goodreads
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This was an AMAZING book. It was very fascinating with all of the diamonds and foods. This is a must read book.

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I read this as a kid, but remembered little about the story other than that I had enjoyed it. It's cute, and clever, but not a whole lot more -- no real character development or dynamism here. Parents ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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Professor Shermans Incredible Loyalty
9
A Heros Welcome Is Prepared
19
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

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.