The Twenty-One Balloons
Professor William Waterman Sherman just wants to be alone. So he decides to take a year off and spend it crossing the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon the likes of which no one has ever seen. But when he is found after just three weeks floating in the Atlantic among the wreckage of twenty hot-air balloons, naturally, the world is eager to know what happened. How did he e...more
Flight of Fancy
(A Book Review of William Pène du Bois’s The Twenty-One Balloons)
After busting a literary heavy I noticed that from time to time there’s this feeling, an emerging need to clear the palate, to freshen up and clean the slate for another bout of serious reading. In occasions like this I always dig the rich fields of Children’s Literature on the look out for some fun and light book where I don’t have to think much and just go along to the pull of the story wherever it will take me.
27 years of working and trying to earn a living.
I know it is still far from the 40 years of being a math teacher in some high school for Professor William Waterman Sherman but once in a while, I also feel that I need to do something outrageous. Maybe just to break t...more
William Walter Sherman wants to take a balloon voyage around the world. He has been a teacher of mathematics for many years, and after all of that time surrounded by children, a bit of peace is just what the doctor ordered. Professor...more
Our story kicks off with the exciting discovery and rescue of a sophisticated professor named William Waterman Sherman, who is stranded in the North Atlantic amid the wreckage of twenty-one sadly deflated balloons. It's the first sighting of this adventurous professor since is departure from San Francisco three weeks earlier. But that day he'd floated off the pier in one large balloon, not twenty one. How did he come t...more
The book is not the 5-star wonder I remember, but it is a fine read for the young (or people who can read young people's books without scorn), and I was pleased to revisit it. The first thing I noticed was the reader, who also read _Wicked_. He's darned go...more
Fun read. Interesting idea. You could do a lot of art projects with kids who were reading this book, but that's really about it. There aren't any deep themes or questions to explore and it seems like a story that w...more
Professor Sherman of San Francisco has retired from teaching math in order to indulge his passion for Ballooning. He plans to fly across the Pacific, but is rescued (most curiously) in the Atlantic! He resists all efforts and bribes as well as a Presidential request to explain his story, for he has promised to keep mum until he addresses the San Francisco Explorers' Club.
Most of this delightfully amusing book is his account of his misadventures in a balloon. There is...more
This was both entertaining and delightful to read. Very much along the lines of a Jules Verne novel with fantastical inventions and miraculous escapes from crashing balloons and exploding volcanoes.
I was especially fascinated by the community on the island and how they'd established a peaceful, industrious, fulfilling life on what had been a deserted island. The restaurant government was intriguing enough that I've found myself discussing it with several others and examining its real-l...more
The Twenty-One Balloons
By William Pène du Bois
I am a creature of habit. I order the same thing every time I go to a restaurant, I stick to a routine, and my favorites are my favorites. Many of the books I fell in love with as a child are, to this day, still my favorites. I was once told by a colleague that many of the books I enjoy are “crusty”. I believe a great book never goes out of style; it becomes a classic that can stand the test of time.
Although The Twenty-One Balloons...more
What I seem to have forgotten in those 25ish years is how boring the actual presentation of the story is. Granted, it's part of the epistolary tradition and is presented as the transcription of a speech by the protagonist, which was quite...more
I feel like a lot of these Newbery books are reminding me of other Newbery books. This one, for example, is a combination of Dr. Dolittle 1923) and Call it Courage (1941). That's not a bad thing; just something I've been noticing. That happens all the time -- 2 meteor movies come out at the same time, everyone is into vampire books,...more
In 1883, Professor William Waterman Sherman of San Francisco, a teacher of arithmetic for many years, decides upon his retirement that he will set forth in a huge specially-made balloon to take a trip around the world. Fate decrees a slightly different cou...more
As I’ve been reading books for this class, I’ve had a little notebook next to me to take notes on things I’d like to talk about in my post about the book: the very first thing I wrote down for the Twenty-One Balloons was “I’m SO excited about rereading this; it’s been maybe 15 years.”
I loved then and still love the way the book opens – we’ve met our main character, albeit briefly, and are on the edge of our seats, waiting along with the rest of the world, to hear his tale. I really think this s...more
Author: William Pene duBois
Genre: Young Adult
Challenges: 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, The Naming Convention Challenge, Book Around the States Challenge, Read and Review Challenge 2010, 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge, 100 + Reading Challenge, Young Adult Reading Challenge, YA Through the Decades, Audio Book Challenge 2010, Pages Read 2010, A to Z challenge, 1001 Childrens book Before I Grow Up
No. of Pages: Audio (192)
I really liked the book. It did happen to be on the AR reading list and it is a 6.8, so a more difficult book. But it's very imaginative and adventurous. The protagonist is male, but I think this is a story that both boys and girls would enjoy.
The community has a source of wealth, a magnificent diamond mine, that allows the people to do anything they wish. The people have created a zany civilization fo...more
Living in such a diamond island must be t...more
This book was published in 1948 and, well, it shows. Despite its high concept (which kid wouldn't want to live there? let's eat and be rich ALL THE TIME)...more
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