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The Great Balloon Race
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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. Children's book (comic?) of hot air balloon race with protagonists in a balloon with small car (VW bug?) as the basket and antagonist in a metal dirigible with shark teeth nose art [s]

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Timothy Hsu | 4 comments I don't remember this book having any words. It was a hardcover book resembling a children's book, definitely not comic book dimensions.

Plot: There's a hot air balloon race with a lot of racers. The protagonists are two guys in a hot air balloon with a (blue?) car (VW bug?) instead of a basket. The antagonist is in a metal dirigible and shoots down some other racers. He looks like he's going to win until (view spoiler).

I think I read this book around 1985-1986, maybe as late as 1989. It was in the children's section of the Oak Park branch of the Johnson County Library in Kansas. Years later, I was dismayed when I couldn't find it there anymore and the librarians couldn't remember it.


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message 4: by Kris (last edited Dec 19, 2019 04:18PM) (new)

Kris | 33423 comments Mod
Timothy, are all the racers in hot air balloons? All humans? Which countries do they pass over?

What's the prize?

Can you describe the illustrations - e.g., simple/detailed, realistic/cartoony/cute, painted watercolors/bold graphics, bright/dark/muted colors/black & white? Do they remind you of another illustrator or picture book author?


Worldcat.org is helpful for finding old childrens books. For example:

https://www.worldcat.org/advancedsearch > Keyword: balloon race illustrations ? | 1960-1990 ? | Juvenile | Fiction | Book | English


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Adele | 1206 comments Maybe The Great Balloon Race. You can see a picture of the cover with the car balloon basket here: https://www.abebooks.com/GREAT-BALLOO... and the description on this page mentions that the villain's balloon is called the "Mako Shark PT-700"


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Timothy Hsu | 4 comments Adele wrote: "Maybe The Great Balloon Race. You can see a picture of the cover with the car balloon basket here: https://www.abebooks.com/GREAT-BALLOO......"

Thanks for solving! :D


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Adele | 1206 comments You're very welcome!


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