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Sector 7

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  4,080 Ratings  ·  427 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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Sep 10, 2016 Manybooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of wordless picture books
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 this is one of the lushest and most creative wordless picture ...more
May 18, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Vegan
Apr 15, 2009 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 02, 2009 Susan Mortimer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lis-565
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
Nov 03, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2012 Cristina rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 05, 2008 Jared rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
Feb 11, 2009 Jostalady rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, recommend
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 Fox
Mar 21, 2015 Tiffany Fox rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 08, 2011 Qt rated it really liked it
Imaginative and fun--I so enjoy wordless picture books like this one!
Sarah Sammis
Dec 12, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 03, 2015 Samra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school, library
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
Rain Misoa
Feb 10, 2016 Rain Misoa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: New York lovers and those who tend to reminisce.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
A book that reminded me of home.

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Jun 30, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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
Aaron Estes
Sep 25, 2016 Aaron Estes rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: This review is being written as part of an academic course)

Sector 7 is an entertaining and mastercrafted picturebook about a Boy befriending a Cloud. After meeting the Cloud atop the Empire State Building, the Cloud transports the Boy to Sector 7 - a headquarters where clouds are sent to different parts of the world and make interesting shapes in the sky. Together the Boy and the Cloud make new and fascinating Cloud shapes - something the administrators of Sector 7 don't like at all
Jennifer Strong
Aug 25, 2016 Jennifer Strong rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2016
A young student draws sea creatures on the frosted panes of the school bus windows. He and his class are going on a field trip to the Empire State Building. The observatory deck is foggy. It gets thicker as the boy stumbles through. Suddenly his hat, scarf, and mittens are gone! A puff of foggy cloud is wearing them! His cloud friend takes him up into the sky, to a massive factory called "Sector 7". There, clouds are assigned places to float and shapes to form. The boy sketches his sea creatures ...more
Mar 23, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
This early reader's children's book opens on a young boy atop the Empire State Building on a very foggy day. The clouds in this book are animated and personified to the extent of having their own grand central station in the sky where they are told where to go and what to be shaped like by humans giving blueprints. The boy is taken to this incredible place in the sky by an assumably young cloud that wants to show his newfound friend where he goes every day. The boy ends up drawing over some blue ...more
Krehauna Dotzler

Wordless books

1 The first wordless book I read was 7 Sector 7 by David Wisner. This book was such a fun book to look through and imagine what each page could have said on it. There was a lot going on in this book but at the same time that’s what made it so fun and entertaining while reading it. This book I would categorize as a Fantasy Fiction because it was about a boy creating fish clouds. This book would be hard for young readers even though it was a wordless book. I would say the grade level
Feb 25, 2016 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Sector 7 is a beautiful tale of a boy and his fantasy fueled adventure with the clouds in the sky told by images alone. The story begins with a young boy who seems to be on a field trip to the Empire State building with his classmates. Immediately upon arriving they head to the top observatory, where they are exposed to the outside air. There is where the boy meets his new friend, who is a cloud from the sky. The two play around for a while and then the cloud takes him on a ride through the sky ...more
Brittany Trinh
Feb 15, 2016 Brittany Trinh rated it liked it
Shelves: project-1
APA: Wiesner, D. (1999). Sector 7. New York: Clarion Books.
Review: A little boy is going on a class field trip to the Empire State Building. To his surprise, he meets a playful cloud that wears a bright red cap. The cloud whisks him away to a cloud dispatch center called “Sector 7.” The clouds are tired of being depicted of the same boorish shapes. With the help of the little boy, the clouds are transformed into creative figures as in fishes and octopuses. The books greatest strengths are in the
Feb 10, 2016 Joshua rated it liked it
Sector 7 is a book by David Wiesner that begins with a boy on a class trip to what looks like the Empire state building. At the top of the building, the boy finds that his view is covered by fog everywhere and there is no sights for the boy to see. The boy loses his hat and scarf to a strange cloud being and then the two become friends. The boy is whisked away on his cloud friend to a floating cloud factory of which sends clouds all over to look like certain plans. The boy ends up designing his ...more
Aleasha Atoruk
Feb 08, 2016 Aleasha Atoruk rated it it was amazing
The wordless picture book Sector 7 tells the story about a boy that went on a field trip to the Empire State Building and became best friends with a cloud. It is one of the sweetest books I've read. I found it highly enjoyable because of all the stories going on in every single picture. Every detail has a purpose, leaving you awe struck. The boy is really small in the images that he is leaving the building to explore the sky, and then he gets bigger as he starts to contribute more to the evolvin ...more
Brieanna Olsen
Dec 07, 2015 Brieanna Olsen rated it it was amazing
The details in this book are amazing. My favorite details were in the clouds and buildings. This is yet another outstanding book by David Wiesner that leaves me with wonder. I learned that he wrote this book on a very foggy day when there was no one around at the Empire State building in New York and that makes the book even more interesting to read. Not many people would create a book that is mostly about clouds because that doesn't seem like it would catch a child's attention. But this book ca ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Jill rated it really liked it
Children who look for shapes in clouds will love this wordless story by author/illustrator David Wiesner, who won the Caldecott Honor Award for this book.

The story involves a school trip by a young boy to the top of the Empire State Building. In softly rendered watercolors, we see the boy imagining himself taken for a ride by a cloud that looks a bit like a train conductor.

The boy is whisked off to Sector 7, a train-like station for arrivals and departures of all sorts of clouds. Then he goes t
Brianna Manheim
Oct 01, 2015 Brianna Manheim rated it it was amazing
Sector 7 is a wordless science fantasy picture book by David Wiesner. This book follows a young boy with a big imagination on a school field trip to the Empire State Building. Once the class gets to the top of the Empire State Building, a fog rolls in and the main boy gets separated from his class. Luckily he comes across a cloud who he beings to play with. After stealing the boy’s hat and scarf, the cloud takes the boy on a air bound adventure. They fly high in the sky until they reach the sky ...more
English 212
Jun 28, 2015 English 212 rated it liked it
Shelves: paige-2015
I think this was my least favorite Wiesner book. While it inspired the imaginations and was creative, i did not think the story line was as strong as his other books. I think the story line was supposed to be about friendship with the boy and the cloud, but also possibly about following your own path and doing what you want to do anyways. Even though the people controlling the clouds in sector 7 wanted them to look like regular clouds instead of like all the different fish that the boy drew. At ...more
May 03, 2015 Paola rated it it was amazing
Sector seven is a great story about a field trip that has a great twist. While one of the students climbs up the Empire State building, he loses his beanie and scarf. A cloud took his stuff and they started to play, laugh. Then the cloud asked him if the boy wanted to go somewhere with the cloud. They flew away up on the sky until they got to a factory, and other clouds were waving to the boy’s cloud. The factory was named sector 7 and the boy and the cloud were transported inside by a tube. Ins ...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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