The Twenty-one Balloons

The Twenty-one Balloons

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The Twenty-one Balloons by William Pene du Bois, William Pene Du Bois

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140320978
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/28/1986
Series: Newbery Library, Puffin Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 82,938
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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The Twenty-One Balloons 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Berkana More than 1 year ago
I read this book the first time in elementary school. It really made me aware that there is a great big wide world out there with many different cultures, places, and experiences. This book should be read by children to enhance their reading skills, open their minds to adventure, science, empathy, so many different reasons. I wish many adults in the world today would read this book and learn to appreciate all people in the great world we live in. A fascinating must read for all to enjoy!
LiveLongLove More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! First i saw it in the store read the back cover and it sounded good. Then i went home and guess what, i read the book in 2 days. That is some type of record for me. But i read it soo fast because i loved it! Go and get it today!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thumbs up. It moves kind of slow but I read this book as a child when it was given to me by the school librarian. For me it showed a great deal of imagination and ingenuity.It takes a simple pleasure of riding in a hot air balloon and combines it with a disaster of great magnitude to make a imaginative experiment using people on a isolated island. Normal everyday chores are made bearable and even enjoyable with the utmost thought of how to use pulleys and levers,cleaning your room and making your bed,keeping things neat & tidy are made very easy and fun,with a " Mary Poppin's "type of style. Worth a couple of hours to get you out of the hum-drum.-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So boring if u read this for school
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is incrredibly confussing. I am a 13 year old jr high student and i read a year above my grade level yet i dont understand a 93 page childrens book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldnt give it one star. It was very boring. Had o read it for school and it took me 20 or 30 minutes to get through a page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love this book,my favorite of all time:) i especially love chapter 5+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Imaginative and creative. I recommend this to advanced readers
iAmNumber4 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 2 days, which for me is amazing. But i was just so into it that i just couldn't stop reading it. I had just got sucked into the book and couldn't wait to find out what the next chapter would be about so i just read it. i would love for you to read this because it is award winning and i get-sucked into book.
Frood More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of "resturant economics". I had heard of this book, but could not remember the premise. Originally written at the turn of the century (late 1800s?), the story is little dated, but the thought-provoking scenarios and people relations issues remain current in any era. What would happen if someone discovered untold wealth on an unknown island? What sort of society could one build? And what security would have to be erected to keep out unwanted visitors? I was able to use this book (at about a 5th grade reading level) with one of my students who is fascinated with math and money issues. It served as an excellent teaching tool to discuss economics and the impacts of wealth on a society. The story was engaging enough (though somewhat dated) to keep the student's interest. The added intrigue of hot air balloon flight gave the story an extra boost (science buffs will have to suspend some belief). All in all and enjoyable and quick read.
catlover55 More than 1 year ago
this book is very absorbing and i liked it a lot! if you like adventure and suprises you will love this book !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, my dad actually told me about this book... he said he read it when he was in school. So when i read it i loved it. It is a great and adventerous story that is fun to read.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I liked the book but some parts were tough to get thriugh dragging on or repetitivw. The beginning ecspecsially was not brigin me in. Four stars worthy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looooooooooved it read it
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Verty bad book waste of time and money
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I first read this book when I was a young boy, and it fired my imagination. It made me interesed in the Indonesian volcano - Krakatoa/Krakatau, imaginative fiction, science fiction, and especially in Jules Verne. Some younger readers have said that they didn't like it & found iy boring. I don't see how that's possible with a disaster of that magnitude. It created the loudest noise ever recorded, and that circled the globe seven times before it dissipated. I loved this book!
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