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Free Fall

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,828 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
When he falls asleep with a book in his arms, a young boy dreams an amazing dream-about dragons, about castles, and about an unchartered, faraway land. And you can come along.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 18th 1991 by HarperCollins (first published September 1st 1991)
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u1124876 UEL
Sep 16, 2011 u1124876 UEL rated it it was amazing
What a book! Free Fall is a picture book which tells the story of a boy who falls asleep after looking at an atlas and has the most in depth, mythical dream. Without one written word this book is fantastical and quite extraordinary. Snap shots from the book include the boy meeting chess pieces to him becoming a giant but with the most intriguing background scenes including mazes, forests and an oversized library.

I think this book could be used with upper KS1 children of all abilities in particu
L-Crystal Wlodek
This wordless picture book has won the Caldecott Honor in 1989 and is intended for children in third-fifth grade. This story is about a boy who falls asleep with an atlas in his arms. He then has a dream where his bedspread turns into an aerial view of the earth. On his journey, he plays chess on an enormous chess board complete with mortal playing pieces. This medieval welcoming party leads the boy to a castle with dragons where he continues his search for an elusive map.

This story is imaginat
Aug 31, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This is a book with no words. The story is told through pictures. It start with a boy who fell asleep while reading. The book shows where his dreams take him while he is asleep.

My six year old was imersed in this. He looked through the book many times. The first time through he examined the pictures, which are beautiful and very imaginitive. He pointed thins out to me that he found interesting. His favorite was a scene where the boy is on a life sized chess board and it pieces are live me be of
Audra Sein
Sep 24, 2013 Audra Sein rated it really liked it
Free Fall is a whimsical wordless picture book illustrated by David Wiesner.

As I delved into this book, I noticed that the perspective was constantly being shifted. In some illustrations, the boy is depicted as being the same size as the people around him. In other illustrations, he is depicted as being much larger than the people around him. This shift in perspective contributes to the dream-like quality of the picture book. There is also a theme of things not being what they first appear. On
Aug 27, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
The book starts off with a young boy who has fallen asleep while reading a book. As he begins to doze off the book opens up to maps. While the boy is dreaming he falls on to certain places of the map, one place resembling a chess board. Another one looked like it was a castle. As he continues his dream he has picked up a sword and a shield as to protect himself from others. While dreaming he is being pulled into different directions. He even flies on what appears to be a leaf,but it is also a sw ...more
Amanda Catalina
Feb 01, 2015 Amanda Catalina rated it really liked it
This amazing wordless picture book portrays the world of the diverse yet connected thoughts of children's imagination. A young boy is seen asleep cradling a book at the beginning and his dreams take him through different worlds that lead oddly yet interestingly to each other. His journey is also led by a symbolic map floating through each world as if it is traveling based on what it depicts. Weisner does a great job of transitioning the illustrations to new adventures with each page. This story ...more
Feb 25, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
From my experience, it is very difficult for wordless picture books to convey a story properly on the first read, especially to younger readers. All of David Wiesner's books I have read (such as Sector 7 and especially this one) are extremely interesting to read because they all are generally dream worlds that become real to the reader when they become real to the main character. This story starts with a young boy reading an atlas and once he falls asleep, he has adventures all over the globe an ...more
Kelly Eggen
Feb 25, 2016 Kelly Eggen rated it it was amazing
A young boy falls asleep one night with a book clutched to his chest. A page slips out of the book and, slowly but surely, his dreams become more and more vivid and relate to the page from his book. This very "Alice in Wonderland-esque" book shows the immense detail and creativity that children can make out of the simplest of objects.

There are no words at all in this story, which make it easier to focus on the very detailed pictures. The lack of words allows much room for creativity and personal
Brieanna Olsen
Dec 07, 2015 Brieanna Olsen rated it really liked it
A boy falls asleep with a book in his arms, dreaming about a game of chess coming alive. He is taken to a castle where he begins to explore using his dreams and imagination. They also take the boy to different pages throughout the book where he fights a giant dinosaur and rides a pig. He enters breakfast land, until a leaf that looked like a swan, picks him up and flies him home back to bed. When he awakes from his dream, he sees everything that was in his dream, but they were simply just items ...more
English 212
Jun 16, 2015 English 212 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paige-2015
It does not even remotely surprise me that this book won a Caldecott honor. This book is the beginning of a love of reading! This book shows that you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone just by reading. In this case he falls asleep after reading a book and dreams of all these places, all the different people and animals and gets to be right in the middle of it. This book helps show the importance of reading and how wonderful it can be. On the first and last page when he first falls asleep an ...more
May 03, 2015 Paola rated it really liked it
This wordless picture book has won the Caldecott Honor in 1989 and is intended for children in third-fifth grade. This story is about a boy who falls asleep with an atlas in his arms. He then has a dream where his bedspread turns into a view of the earth. On his journey, he plays chess on an enormous chess board complete with mortal playing pieces. This medieval welcoming party leads the boy to a castle with dragons where he continues his search for a map.

This story is imaginative, although a b
Aaron Siclovan
Dec 05, 2014 Aaron Siclovan rated it really liked it
This book is written and illustrated by David Wiesner, who received a Caldecott Honor reward. The main character is a little boy who fell asleep in his bed while he was reading a book of long ago and far away stories. Because he just read the book, his dreams became many exciting adventures. In one adventure, he slew a scary dragon, and in another became much larger than the people of long ago. After having many exciting adventures, he climbed on a leaf which turned into a swan. Many leaves beca ...more
Samantha Friedman
I really enjoyed this book. I wish I would of read it first before reading the jacket flaps to see what my imagination would of came up with. The fact that the book started out as a nine foot long painting is very cool to me. I really liked his use of blues and greens, if was very calming to me, as if I was having a good dream too.
I also found that the illustration sequence was very interesting I liked how each page had a little "clue" that related to the next place he was dreaming of. Everyon
Feb 08, 2014 Bonnieyayaleyyy rated it really liked it
Free Fall by David Wiesner is a spectacular masterpiece of imagination, creativity, and cleverness. It is also, in fact, a book without words, a story entirely conveyed through pictures.

Wiesner starts off with a child and holds his audience as the boy travels through a realm of absurd happenings-- starting with a checkered bedspread that morphs into fields, which, in turn, converts to a real size chess game. Gradually scenery changes and escapades from sleepy dragons occur, as well as other adv
Theresa Womack
Feb 10, 2014 Theresa Womack rated it really liked it
Free Fall by David Wisner is a children's picture book. When looking at the horizontal landscaped cover your eyes are drawn to the fact that a young boy appears to by flying over an ocean on a leaf. When inspecting the back cover you notice a bordered picture of a closes book with a dragon stuck in the pages. When opening to the half title page and the title page you see a map. This makes the reader start to think that this story might be about an adventure. When turning to the first page you no ...more
Lisa Vegan
Feb 25, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
I read his book Flotsam before I read this one. In fact, I read this one becaue of Flotsam. This one is really amazing as it contains no words at all; Flotsam has very few words and the pictures do tell the story in that book as well. I liked the story and beautiful paintings in Flotsam even more than I did in this earlier published book. But this one is another winner. Even pre-readers can “read” it by themselves. Fun and imaginative.
Apr 29, 2015 Molly rated it really liked it
Free Fall was a very good wordless children’s book, written by David Wiesner, that showed the adventure a boy took once he fell fast asleep. This dream was filled with unbelievable mystical creatures and a land so mysterious and beautiful that you wouldn’t believe it until you saw it!

When I first had the intentions to read this book, I had no idea that it was wordless! Let me just say, it was a nice surprise. The illustrations were immaculate and painted such an incredible picture that is appeal
Oh wow! I came into this book not know that there were no words. But quite frankly no words are needed for this absolutely delightful journey. A boy falls asleep and his dreams flow seamlessly one after the other. I love how each picture gently transitions to the next scene. From his blanket turning into the country side to a chess board.

Obviously the illustrations are what make this book a wonder to behold. Sort of like when you watch Wizard of Oz every time you look at one of the illustration
3.5 out of 5
The blurb/poem on the front flap of the cover describes this wordless picturebook perfectly:
"In the silence
of a dream
our adventures move
in seamless progression
as we conquer
our dragon,
uncharted lands,
on the highest pinnacle,
and float
in a sudden
free fall
to the new day."
Alexis White
Dec 05, 2014 Alexis White rated it it was amazing
While this book is wordless it also has a great plot. This story is about a boy who falls asleep with an atlas in his arms, obviously reading it. He then seems to have a dream where his bedspread turns into a top view of the earth. On his journey, he plays chess on one of the biggest chess board, that also is accompanied with mortal playing pieces. This medieval welcoming party leads the boy to a castle with dragons where he continues his search for a map.

Like many books this follows the plot o
Megan Downey
Jun 04, 2016 Megan Downey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-614
This wonderful wordless picture book takes you on an adventure of "free-falling" through a dream. The artwork of David Wiesner if fascinating and so detailed that the readers feel as if they themselves are having this dream. The beginning of the book combines kings, queens, and dragons with the setting of that resembles Alice in Wonderland. While exploring new places and characters, the boy then turns into a giant just like in the book Gulliver's Travels. This book is a great example of an open- ...more
Salina King
Dec 06, 2015 Salina King rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t-l307, picture-books
When a young boy falls asleep while reading a book he is swept away into dreamland where he goes on a number of wild adventures with objects that can be found around his room. The illustrations in this book are really well done and do a great job of telling the story without text. This book would be great to use in a classroom to show students the importance of using their imagination and how to use the things around them to spark their imagination. I am not sure that this book would be great to ...more
Erick Escalera
This Wiesner wordless picture books involves a boy’s adventure in exciting new worlds. The boy has fallen asleep and falls into a dream. As the atlas he read lays next to him, his mind goes into a marvelous dream world where he can explore unique places and people. The dream led the young boy to be put into a large scale chess board. Next he landed in a medieval castle with knights surrounding. Each page contained a peculiar illustration of a new dream setting. As he wanders through dreams he e ...more
Mandie Hill
Apr 25, 2016 Mandie Hill rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I found this wordless picture book to be very creative with how the story progressed and was about. It is about a young boy who falls into a deep sleep after reading a collection of maps. Throughout his dream he travels around the world and is faced with multiple journey’s that all include objects that are in his bedroom. After reading it, I thought of some lessons plans that I could incorporate with this book. One of them would be to have each student bring in something from their bedroom or ho ...more
Reggie Overton
Dec 03, 2014 Reggie Overton rated it really liked it
Another classic from the great artist/story teller David Wiesner. Just as the cover art suggest we are installed in a fantasy setting focusing on a boy and his dreams. What happens when he falls asleep holding the book that unlocks the doors of his dreams? How does it influence the surroundings he now has access to navigate through? Open this book and find out along with him as we are immersed in wonderful watercolor art and lively surroundings worthy of a Caldecott honor. This book projects and ...more
Thomas Anselin
This book is about a boy who falls asleep reading and is then taken into a world of fantasy. This book is horizontally oriented and relies on it to transition throughout the story. The picture with the castle and how everyone got really small I liked and it reminded me of the feeling far away in dreams that sometimes happens. Another note worthy thing in the book was the items from his room popping up in the story reminding us of familiar scene where things from our life are in our dreams. The t ...more
Leyla Shill
"Free Fall", by David Wiesner, was a really great and fun read. This book tells a very detailed story through very intricate pictures. I enjoyed taking my time when looking each of the illustrations. There are thin boarders on the pages throughout the book suggesting a thin separation between reality and a dream. The horizontal layout of the book also helps you get lost in the story as you travel through different destinations. What makes the book so interesting is that throughout the boy's trav ...more
Sarah Finley
Feb 10, 2014 Sarah Finley rated it liked it
This wordless picture book by David Wiesner was about a young boy who falls asleep while reading and has the most vivid and imaginative dream. David Wiesner takes you on a journey throughout this book without using one word. Every single page has borders just on the top and bottom of the page and the illustrations are still large and you feel like you're apart of the boy's dream. I'm not personally a fan of wordless picture books but I do think that the illustrations were very detailed and even ...more
Xinwen Xu
Mar 25, 2016 Xinwen Xu rated it it was amazing
this book is very miraculous. I love it very much! It doesn't have any word on the book. But I can through pictures and my imagination to understand the story. This story talk about a boy's dream. He dreamed a lot of things, at first, he came to a country and he saw some dwarfs in the strange land, a lot of people were dressed in magnificent clothes. He also came to a forest and met some horrific monster. The he followed a lot of mysterious person began a wonderful journey. In his dream he can s ...more
Apr 18, 2016 997997 rated it it was amazing
Free fall this book is wordless picture book, in this book, it dose not have any words, all the things for the kids is to develop their imagination. And also, I made a story about this book. Here is a boy is sleeping, holding his book. He get into his dream quickly, and bed sheet becomes a land and a piece of page book are flying, And then he finds himself surrounding by some people, and their dress are different from him, and some people ride a horse, and one person seems a king, and the he is ...more
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During David Wiesner's formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room. Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.

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