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Fabulous Flyer

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  3 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Henri Giffard has devoted all his free time and money to making a balloon with a steam engine so it can be flown anywhere, not just drift on the wind. In 1852 he sets off for Paris with just an urchin girl to help him. Tens of thousands gather to see if his marvellous machine will work. The amazing story of the first man to achieve powered flight.
Paperback, 57 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by A&C Black (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 17, 2016 Xanthi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This story didn't really grab and hold my attention, unfortunately. Listened to this on audiobook.
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Aug 06, 2015 Kris McCracken rated it it was amazing
My six year old son Ezra and I have been reading this series of short chapter books, so bear that in mind with our review!

I reckon that this was a fantastic effort that utilised an authentic historical background, and proved a great way for children to get a feel for a period at the same time as enjoying a good story. Plus, it gives us a chance to practice our accents while reading out the dialogue!
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A former actor, theatre-director and drama teacher, Deary says he began writing when he was 29. Most famously, he is one of the authors of the Horrible Histories series of books popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. Books in the series have been widely translated into other languages ...more
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