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Sector 7

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  3,304 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Only the person who gave us Tuesday could have devised this fantastic CaldecottHonor-winningtale, which begins with a school trip to the Empire State Building. There a boy makes friends with a mischievous little cloud, who whisks him away to the Cloud Dispatch Center for Sector 7 (the region that includes New York City). The clouds are bored with their everyday shapes, so ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 20th 1999 by Clarion Books
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A wonderfully imaginative wordless picture book from the great David Wiesner. I don't want to say anything more about it as the joy is in the surprise of what happens. Just sit back, open the book, and prepare to be swept away on a cloud of adventure and joy.
“Sector 7” is a Caldecott Honor book from the creative mind of David Wiesner and it is about how a young boy meets a mischievous little cloud during his class field trip to see the Empire State Building and when they separated from the boy’s class, the cloud and the boy ended up having wild adventures together in Sector 7! “Sector 7” is truly one of the most memorable wordless picture books ever created that children will love for many years!

Is there nothing more grand that David Wiesner can not
I truly enjoyed this gorgeously illustrated wordless picture book. It is magical, creatively whimsical, and for those of us who sometimes have trouble following an illustrations-based instead of a text-based narrative, Sector 7 is thankfully not too complicated or too busy to be easily followed and understood. Even though I will still likely always enjoy text-based picture books more than wordless creations, I can definitely say that Sector 7 is one of the lushest and most creative wordless pict ...more
Lisa Vegan
Apr 15, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
This book is gorgeous, whimsical, and very creative. I had thought this author’s Flotsam was brilliant, loved Free Fall, was not so impressed with Tuesday. I loved this book almost as much as Flotsam. I really like his almost wordless books (something I’d never have anticipated) and especially those with main human children characters and where a lot is going on in the story. This virtually wordless book is a great one to read with children and it encourages much discussion about what’s happenin ...more
I was totally enthralled with this fantastically illustrated wordless picture book! (well, there are words on signs, but no "text").

I found the story very easy to follow (sometimes I'd flip back a page for clarification, but usually I didn't even need to do that), and the actions, expressions and emotions are all easy to understand.

The story itself is fun, fantastical, and unique, about a boy who visits the empire state building and gets a lift from a cloud to Sector 7, where clouds are distribu
Susan Mortimer
This wordless picture book is a beautifully illustrated tale of a boy visiting the Empire State Building with his class. When the class reaches the observatory they find that it is so cloudy that visibility is almost zero. The boy finds himself separated from his class and wrapped up in a cloud…a mischievous little cloud that snatches his hat, scarf and mittens! They quickly become friends, and the cloud gives the boy a ride to Sector 7 (cloud headquarters), where the boy uses his imagination an ...more
I thought this was a creative, whimsical book. This illustrator is very good at telling a thought-provoking story with only illustrations. This (wordless) book could make for a fun conversation with young students. They could even write their own text to go with the story! Put this book into a free-read center in a pre-K to 1st grade class and see if students pick it up to share with a friend, sharing their version of the story. Use this with older students to show how strong art can convey mean ...more
Text Summary
The opening scene of this wordless picture book depicts a group of students filing into the Empire State Building for a class field trip on a very foggy day. Once on the observation deck, a young boy meets a friendly cloud who invites the boy to a place in the sky called Sector 7, a station where many other clouds come and go. At this station, there are human workers who design the shape and format that each cloud must conform to before they are released into the sky. The clouds, unh
David Wiesner is a genius. I ran across this book while browsing through the BYU Bookstore one day. I "read" through the whole thing in about ten minutes, then "read" through it again. Then again. (Please realize that this is quite an accomplishment, because the book is almost 100,000 words long.) Then I bought it for Kim, 'cause I figured she'd love it, too.

You think it's hard to write a story? Try writing one without using any words! How do I reconcile my assertions that this book has no words
Mar 06, 2009 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We just adore David Wiesner's books. Although there's no narrative, his illustrations say it all. This book is about clouds and all I can say is, "Wow." (oh, wait, that's a Sham-Wow commercial) Anyway, our girls love his books and we borrow them all of the time. They especially liked the boy-cloud friendship that develops in this book.

This story was selected as one of the books for the January 2012 - Children on Adventures/Exploring reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group h
This book has hardly any words, but tells a full story in the illustrations. We like it because we have a lot of not-yet-readers and reluctant readers in our family and we were able to sit down and enjoy a book in a group and they could look at on their own without frustration. There seem to be very few books that seem to help the grade school level kids learn that books are enjoyable and most of the one's I've found are by David Wiesner.
Tiffany Pennington
Only the person who gave us Tuesday could have devised this fantastic take, which begins with a school trip to the Empire State Building. There a boy makes friends with a mischievous little cloud, who whisks him away to the Cloud Dispatch Center for Sector 7 (the region that includes New York City). The clouds are bored with their everyday shapes, so the boy obligingly starts to sketch some new ones.... The wordless yet eloquent account of this unparalleled adventure is a funny, touching story a ...more
Imaginative and fun--I so enjoy wordless picture books like this one!
Sarah Sammis
David Wiesner is another "new to me" authors introduced to me by the children's wing of my library. Sector 7 was on display along the walls above the picture book shelves. The gorgeous cover got my attention immediately and I had to take it home to peruse.

Wiesner is a children's book illustrator and an author of "wordless picture books." From my time judging graphic novels for the Cybils, I've come to think of them as graphic picture books, which I know, is redundant. Nonetheless, I like the ter
Read for ENH291 Childrens' Literature at Rio Salado College in Tempe, AZ. This books is wordless and thats what makes it so beautiful. It conveyed a simple story of a Boy meeting a cloud and the cloud showing him how clouds get dispatched into the world. The illustrations are amazingly detailed and just makes you believe in the idea behind the clouds being alive.
Here is the little boy and his cloud-friend going to Sector 7. The littler details on the factory are fascinating:

Also the NYC skyline
This wordless picture book is about a child's visit with his class at the Empire State Building. He befriends a cloud and is taken to Sector 7, which produces clouds. He designs blueprints of clouds shaped like fish, which all the clouds start replicating. However the adults that run Sector 7 don't like this, tear up his blueprints and whisk him away back to the Empire State building. The fish movement can't be stopped and on his way back to the bus and back at school, there complex fish clouds ...more
Brenna Mclean
Sector 7 is a story about a young boy who goes on a field trip and gets whisked away by a friendly cloud. They mess around and have a fun time, and then the cloud brings him up in the sky to the cloud factory, where all of the clouds are made. While he is there the boy sees how many clouds are unhappy about their boring shapes. They want to be individual and unique, something that people rarely see. The boy starts to design shapes for each cloud, and they are filled with joy. The adult factory w ...more
Aaron Siclovan
This book is written and illustrated by David Wiesner, but it has no text. The picture tells this story: a teacher of the elementary school took her class class to the Empire State building on a field trip. When they reached the top floor, all the children looked down, but the little boy, who is the main character in this "story," looked up. A certain cloud became his friend and they had many adventures flying through the sky. the cloud took the little boy to a cloud factory, where the child des ...more
A little boy goes on a field trip with his class to the wondrous observatory of the Empire State Building. On the bus ride over, the boy can be seen drawing sea creatures in the foggy windows but little does he know, he will get the chance to bring those creatures to life! Sector 7 is a fantastic wordless picture book that, once again, left me dumfounded and in awe of the creativity and artistry of David Weisner. To turn the classic picnic game of making animals out of clouds into this story is… ...more
Courtney Ennis
This book is another one of David Wiesner’s wordless stories. It starts out with the page showing the Empire State Building to tell the readers that the setting takes place in New York. The story is about a boy and his class who take a field trip to the Empire State Building. They go up the elevator all the way to the top to the observatory. A big cloud comes out of nowhere and makes the boy lost for a second. The cloud steals his hat and mittens and comes alive. The cloud then takes the boy up ...more
Sofia Davis
This is a wonderful Caldecott winning book illustrated by David Wiesner. Although the story has no words, the pictures are a work of art and are able to tell the storyline better than any words. It begins with a young boys field trip to the Empire State Building. Here, the young boy meets a friendly and silly cloud whom takes him up into the sky. The boy cloud takes the young boy to a mysterious place called Sector 7, where cloud are made and pumped out into the sky. Here, the young boy meets ma ...more
Jammie Mays
This was a very playful and enjoyable post-modern picture book. The author played around with the number of panels on each page. At the beginning of the story there was just one but by the next page there was already 4 panels and the story had taken off. The story continued and the action picked up some pages had up to 6 panels depicting the events in the story. This made it easier for me to follow the main characters thoughts throughout the story. I was immediately taken in by the playfulness o ...more
Ben Clark
"Sector 7" is a prototypical David Wiesner. It has beautiful watercolor illustrations, it is almost completely wordless, and explores worlds that exist either beneath or beyond the physical surface of our everyday world. It is an "escape from reality" picture book in the sense that protagonist of the book steps away from his class tour of the Empire State Building and is whisked away to "Sector 7", a sort of central-processing station where different types of clouds (altostratus, cumulus) are as ...more
Danie Plott
On a class field trip a young boy befriends a cloud that sweeps the boy away to Sector 7. Sector 7 is a fantastical flying “cloud dispatch center” where, the boy finds out, each cloud gets an assigned blueprint to form their bodies to before departing back into the sky. The clouds are bored of the typical poufy cloud shape so the boy draws them up some blueprints of his own. The clouds are ecstatic and begin forming into the sea life that the boy is drawing, until the people at the cloud form as ...more
Jenna Smith
Once again, David Wiesner does not fail to impress with this whimsical, fantastical tale of a young boy and his trip to the Empire State Building with his class. From the first page to the last, you will be swept away by the captivating illustrations and the wordless story that simply doesn't need a single word to help you navigate your way through the clouds as well as the young boy's imagination.

On a class trip, a boy becomes entangled with a small cloud that steals his scarf and mittens but p
**Spoiler alert: on a front end paper there is a half-page spread, revealing the boy on the school bus, drawing pictures of fish with his finger on the steamed up windows. David Wiesner's wordless picture book is a charming, winsome tale about a mischievous cloud and an artistic boy on a field trip to the Empire State Building. High up on the viewing platform, the boy becomes engulfed in clouds, losing track of his classmates, and his scarf, hat and mittens which are now seated firmly upon a puf ...more
Cindy Sa
Sector 7
When I open this book at the first page, I could not understand the meaning of it very clearly. But after I saw the fat cloud played with the young boy who wore a red hat. I understand the main point of that.
In this book, the author wrote no words inside it. But an imaginative reader could envision about conversations between the roles in this book. It is so interesting that the fat cloud played with the young boy who wore a red hat and they have a funny day.
This book tells us a story
Andrew J
Amazing book by David Wiesner, truly captivating from page to page. A wordless picture-book with a vertical orientation, the images contained within are more than enough to effectively tell a story. The mediums seem to be pencil, possibly with some watercolor. The pictures vary from bordered, to full bleed with some images having a combination of the two. The interplay between type of border, or lack thereof, and the plot-line seems interesting. As the story progresses, the borders seem to fade, ...more
Samantha Friedman
I really am liking this book Sector 7. David Wiesner has a great way with colors I see his blues and greens again with some yellow and red tones, the watercolor is extremely well done. The horizontal shape of the book makes the Empire State Building look appealing. This book had a bunch of different boarders from a thick white one to two thin white lines separating the different pictures on the page. I thought this book was really clever because you really didn't know what was on at first. You w ...more
Jamie Drutz
I didn't expect this book to be completely wordless, but with such great illustrations, words weren't necessary. I've never been to the Empire State Building, but after reading this, I'd like the believe that friendly clouds that take you to Sector 7 actually spend time there. The main character in this book, a young boy on a field trip, befriends a cloud and immediately creates a strong friendship. Together, he and the cloud travel to Sector 7, where clouds receive their orders. While the story ...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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