- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 1070 (What's this?)
- Series: Puffin Modern Classics
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (April 21, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014240330X
- ISBN-13: 978-0142403303
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Twenty-One Balloons (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – April 21, 2005
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An absurd and fantastic tale. . . . Truth and fiction are cleverly mingled. (School Library Journal)
About the Author
William Pene du Bois (1916 - 1993) won the 1948 Newbery Medal for The Twenty-One Balloons and received two Caldecott Honors for his illustrations for Bear Party and Lion. He illustrated books by Rumer Godden, Charlotte Zolotow, and others. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Yes, the leisurely form of government is one of my favorite "practical" ideas ever, but the story also ties together several other interesting things: volcanic explosions, tons of balloons, diamonds galore, Presidential trains, electric rooms and what-not. Even though the introduction tells you the outcome of the story, you still have no idea what's going to happen next. To me, this is the true characteristic of what makes a good novel. You want to read it, even though you already know how it's going to end.
Some Newbery winners I love and some I can't stand. Take a guess as to my opinion of this particular one. There are some parts that I would consider slow, but the emphasis on the importance of leisure actually heightens the slow-moving experience. All in all, the Twenty-One Balloons is definitly worthty of respect and preservation, and I'm glad I was able to make room in my life to experience the fine literary and artistic craftsmanship of William Pene Du Bois.
The story is about a teacher who decided to get away from it all so took a balloon ride. After a crash landing on a fantastical island, he embarks on an adventure where he meets locals who are able to use their time creating imaginative inventions and their own games. There are already detailed descriptions in the other reviews so I'll just end by saying my children loved it - ages 10, 14 and even the 16 year old.
Amazon's reviews gave this book glowing praise, therefore, I bought it for my 13 year old grandson. When the book arrived I decided to read a few pages just to make sure it was something he might like. I never put the book down! I read the entire book, being careful not to bend the pages. Oh! what a delightful story. At 59 I was saying to myself, "Well, if he could do that, I wonder if this, or that could be done too?!?!" I knew then that this book was perfect for anyone, young or old. It's an easy to read book, and I'm only sorry I didn't order two, one for me, and one for my grandson!