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While hiking in the mountains with his parents, Albert tumbles off a cliff—but is saved by the cloud children who utter magic words that make him very light and keep him from falling. Albert has a wonderful time jumping, swimming, painting, and racing in the sky with the cloud children. That is until he remembers his mother and father and his own little bed at home. It tak ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Red Fox (first published August 1st 1996)
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I'm not sure how much I really liked this book but it is very creative and imaginative and I think I would have liked it as a kid as it is all about a boy who falls off a mountain while hiking with his parents and he ends up being rescued by the cloud children who live in the cloudlands and he has all sorts of adventures with them but ends up becoming homesick. The ending is very "Wizard of Oz" in the no-place-like home and did-it-really-happen sense.
Charlotte Dutton
John Burningham's Cloudland is an imaginative story about a young boy, Albert, and his adventure in Cloudland. Whilst high in the mountains with his parents, Albert slips and falls off the edge of a cliff but finds himself being saved by the children of Cloudland. Although he enjoys his time playing games with the children, he soon becomes homesick and begins to wonder how he is going to get back home. With the help from the Queen of Cloudland, the Wind and a few magic words, Albert soon finds h ...more
Our story time crowd was captivated by this gripping and fanciful story about little Albert who FALLS off a cliff while hiking back down a mountain with his parents.

Fortunately the children who live in the clouds saw him falling and said some magic words which had the effect of making him as light as a feather so he could be caught and put to bed on his very own cloud.

There are lots of adventures followed by a very satisfactory conclusion.

Burningham illustrates this drama by drawing cartoon-like
Jay Bushara
Paper cut-out people against cloudy, moody skies. A boy goes hiking in the mountains with his parents when - oops! - he falls off of a cliff. This opening device may strike some readers as jarring - like one of Roald Dahl's rhinoceroses on the loose - though you cannot help paying closer attention to even the most insignificant details of cloud-games and cloud-parties that follow because, jeez, is this really all happening? What about his poor parents, for heaven sakes? Everyone's fine in the en ...more
photographs as background for drawn characters
adventure in clouds when boy 'falls from a cliffside'
neither of my kids asked to read it beyond the first time
This is a really interesting picture book. Burningham's illustrations have a distinctive style--one that would be fun for kids to emulate. And, this book in particular is a kid favorite. Haven't you ever wondered if you could play in the clouds? I know I have--imagined sitting on them, sleeping on the cushiony softness that appears....
An creative story suitable for children.
Jenni Holland

My favorite illustrations of all time.
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Married to Helen Oxenbury They have one son and two daughters.

John Burningham was born in 1936 in Farnham, Surrey, and attended the alternative school, Summerhill. In 1954 he spent two years travelling through Italy, Yugoslavia and Israel, working at a variety of jobs.

From 1956-1959, he studied at the Central School of Art, after which he designed posters fo
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