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
A very engaging story, with some amazing illustrations! - Goodreads
Excellent writing and a compelling voice. - Goodreads
I love the illustrations. - Goodreads
So was the writing style, so it was a perfect math. - 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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User Review  - Kurt Christensen - Goodreads

The story itself was engaging enough, a quirky professor wanting to get away gets pulled into an unusual adventure. The tone of the story was charming and light (I particularly liked the long ... Read full review


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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.

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