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The Twenty-One Balloons

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a balloon! No, it’s twenty-one balloons!

William Pène du Bois’ The Twenty-One Balloons… 472 more words

Children's Books

1948: The Twenty-One Balloons (or, into the frying pan)

VERDICT: Treasure

Sally’s Rating: 3/5

The Twenty-One Balloons is a quirky tale of an old professor who decides to explore the world in a hot air balloon. 253 more words

Book Review

On black and white etchings

The title of William Pene du Bois’s books The Twenty-One Balloons sparks wonderful images in my mind. After reading it, I loved reading the quirky writing and William Pene du Bois’ whimsical ideas about utopia (I won’t ruin the story, but I will tell you it involves restaurant-based government…) but I especially loved William Pene du Bois’ black and white etchings. 191 more words

Children's Books

fiction favorites...The Twenty-One Balloons

The Twenty-One Balloons, written and illustrated by William Pène Du Bois

The Western American Explorer’s Club, in the city of San Francisco, was honored as it had never been honored before in the first week of October 1883 by being promised to be first to hear the details of an unexplained, extraordinary adventure; the biggest news story of the year, the story the whole world was waiting impatiently to hear — the tale of Professor William Waterman Sherman’s singular voyage. 469 more words


The Twenty-One Balloons

Without a doubt, The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois is my favorite childhood book. How could you not like a book about a utopian island overflowing with diamonds that’s run by a Restaurant Government? 84 more words


Illustrations by Parko Polo

Twitter suggested to me that I follow Parko Polo (a.k.a. Edinburgh-based artist Edward McGowan). So I clicked on his profile, which took me to his… 117 more words


The Twenty-One Balloons

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The Twenty-One Balloons