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Sector 7

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The Caldecott Honor–winning adventure of a young boy and a mischievous cloud in a funny, touching story about art, friendship, and the weather by three-time Caldecott Medalist David Wiesner.

Only the person who gave us Tuesday could have devised this fantastic Caldecott Honor–winning tale, which begins with a school trip to the Empire State Building. There a boy makes frie
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 20th 1999 by Clarion Books
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Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sector 7 by David Wiesner is one of the most imaginative wordless books I've read. A boy takes a school trip to the Empire State Building and winds up taking a whole different trip to Sector 7, a cloud dispatch station in the sky. He's taken there by a little cloud who becomes his friend. He has ideas of his own for what he thinks clouds should look like and he isn't afraid to share them.

Children will love this p
A boy goes to the Empire State Building with a class on a zero visible day. No one can see anything. While the boy is up there trying to see something in the fog, he makes friends with a bit of fluff fog cloud. As the fog is lifting, the fog boy takes the boy up to the cloud work station in the sky and we see how the fog is organized. The boy creates some beautiful havoc before being returned to earth for a beautiful and interesting cloud watching day.

This has to be one of my favorite David Wies
Dave Schaafsma
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
David Wiesner says he went to top of the Empire State Building on a zero-visibility day as an inspiration for this book, which is wordless, about a boy who goes there and is transported to "Sector 7". Of course, we know a parenting angle on clouds to promote imagination in kids is to ask them what they "see in them." But Wiesner didn't have wispy little clouds in the shape of bunnies or elephants. He just had his mind, which is what he models for kids.

Things just get wilder and wilder as we proc
Jan 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of wordless picture books
Yes, I truly have enjoyed David Wiesner's Sector 7. It is sweetly magical, creatively whimsical, and for those of us who sometimes have trouble following an entirely illustrations-based instead of a text-based narrative, Sector 7 is thankfully also neither too complicated nor too annoyingly busy to be easily followed and understood. And indeed, even though I will still likely always enjoy text-based picture books rather more than wordless creations, I can definitely say that Sector 7 is one of t ...more
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Apr 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) 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
May 18, 2011 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. ...more
“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
Phoebe Ledster
The amount of detail in this book is absolutely incredible. 'Sector 7' is a delightful read and Wiesner, yet again, fully impresses me with his ability to tell unique, lighthearted and imaginative stories. I would highly recommend this book for its brilliance and ability to tell a story without any words which allows children to draw their own meanings and connections from it. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and Wiesner really proves the importance of imagination! ...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
Luisa Knight
It's a wordless book about a boy that visits the Empire State Building and then is mysteriously whisked away to Sector 7 where he discovers ...

A creative and fun story!

Ages: 4 - 8

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Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Filled with beautiful illustrations of clouds. David Wiesner tells the a story of how a boy changes the shapes of the clouds in the sky. This book is fascinating for children because as a child I remember seeing animals and objects in the clouds and therefore it may intrigue children to use their imagination when looking up at the clouds in the sky.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Appreciates Wordless Stories / Fans of David Wiesner
The immensely talented David Wiesner - three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, for Tuesday , The Three Pigs and Flotsam - presents another brilliantly creative wordless story in Sector 7, itself a Caldecott Honor Book. The tale of a boy who, on a class trip to the Empire State Building one foggy day, encounters a friendly cloud, and is borne off to the amazing Sector 7, where clouds are given their assignments, it is as engaging as it is beautiful! The watercolor artwork is simply b ...more
Mar 31, 2008 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
Nov 03, 2009 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 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Imaginative and fun--I so enjoy wordless picture books like this one!
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
YES! This is Wiesner at his wordless book best! It's filled with fantasy and imagination, twisting up what starts as something real with a very whimsical story. ...more
Tiffany Fox
Mar 07, 2015 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
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: one day, a boy has a trip with his classmates. He draws different pictures on the school bus windows. When they walk in the city, a fog encases him, so he is gets lost with his class. In the fog, a cloud appears. The cloud takes boy to fly and visit this city. Then they stop in sector 7. Sector 7 is a factory for cloud making. The boy sees a lot of clouds, and they all have their own independent thought. The clouds want the boy can helps them to change to be different. What does the boy ...more
The lofty skies seem to be a repeat calling to Wiesner. This time a class trip to the top of the Empire State Building reveals to our young protagonist a fog-fulled factory in which clouds are dispatched. Sector 7, as the factory is known, is uniform in its role and function. Everything has its place and meaning yet the boy, seeing how the clouds wish for something greater, intervenes and has them floating out under a range of fascinating shapes and sizes - much to their delight. As they are rel ...more
Chrissy Ashoo
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
When a book can make you smile, laugh out loud and touch your heart, all merely with illustrations, it is definitely a WOW book! This story is about a boy who is on a field trip with his class and they go to the Empire State Building. His hat, scarf and gloves are whisked away by the wind at the top and arrange themselves on a nearby cloud. The boy befriends the cloud and is taken away into the sky to Sector 7, the cloud dispatch center. The illustrations are phenomenal and really bring this mag ...more
Sarah Sammis
Oct 02, 2010 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
Mar 06, 2009 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
Susan Mortimer
Oct 27, 2009 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
Aug 18, 2012 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
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I must admit to being in awe of Wiesner's imagination and ability to bring an amazing story to life through illustrations. A young boy on a field trip to the Empire State Building travels to Sector 7 where clouds arrive and depart. He begins sketching shapes such as fish and octopus for the clouds. This makes the operators of Sector 7 angry. The story in this wordless book is full of fun details and great surprises. I love the expressions on the people's faces. Wonderful!! ...more
Stefanie Burns
Feb 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: caldecott-honor
Oh joy. Another wordless book. This one is bizarre. I suppose it is about how clouds are made, but I'm not sure. This one is a huge miss for me. ...more
Rachel Hoeck
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sector 7 by David Wiesner is about a boy who leaves his field trip and meets a cloud. The cloud float him up to a building in the sky called “7 Sector 7.” In this factory, clouds are all around, but people are there too. The people are making assignments for the clouds. The assignments are how the clouds should be shaped, but every cloud gets the same boring assignment. The boy starts drawing new assignments and the clouds change shape into different creatures like fish and an octopus. The worke ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The clouds in the sky have always fascinated children. From the humongous and fluffy to the small and wispy, they were never just simple clouds. They would transform into castles, spaceships, dinosaurs, cars, hot-air balloons, and sometimes even floating whales. David Wiesner, runs with the idea of transforming clouds and takes the readers to a magical factory in the sky where clouds get their shape and are sent off. However, the factory’s cloud designers are only sticking to the basic fluffy wh ...more
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