I'm Flying!by Alan Wade, Petra Mathers (Illustrator)
Illus. in full color. Bored with his suburban life, a boy takes all the things he dislikeshis toothbrush, his mean old cat, even his math teacherand sends them sailing away with helium balloons. But the fun really begins when he rigs up a lawn chair with enough balloons to launch himself, too.
Meet the Author
Petra Mathers was born and raised in Germany and moved to the United States as a young woman. She now lives in Portland, Oregon. Petra is an illustrator first, and a writer second. While she brews a story of her own on some burner in the back of her mind, she is busy illustrating other people's books. Petra compares illustrating other people's books to "visiting". A certain politeness, consideration, and modesty are necessary. She is a self-described "sucker for love" and her stories are always about love -- she finds unsung heroes very endearing, as well as the clumsy, balding, fumbling, shy creatures who are quietly heroic, risking everything for love.
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