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The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois
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I read this aloud with my son for the Level 4 Building Your Library curriculum. It's a quirky, somewhat bizarre story about a group of people who settled on Krakatoa in the years before it exploded. The book has kind of a Babar/Curious George feel to me, not in the language so much as in the somewhat cartoonish atmosphere. The beginning was slow, and we almost gave up, but before long we were both engaged in the story and looking forward to seeing what happened. Well, we knew what would happen to Krakatoa, but we were curious about what happened to the characters living there.

The biggest complaint my son has with the book is that the drawings of people are a little terrifying.

Overall, it's not what I'd consider great literature, but it's an enjoyable read.

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Reading Progress

April 12, 2018 – Started Reading
April 12, 2018 – Shelved
April 25, 2018 – Shelved as: kids
April 25, 2018 – Finished Reading

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