What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. Children's Book: Boy takes a hot air balloon cross country

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message 1: by Missann (new)

Missann | 11 comments This book is probably from the 1960s. It may be the very early 70s.
A boy wants to get to his grandmother's house to visit her, (something about her baking a pie,) but she lives across the country. He starts out in a hot air balloon from the east coast at noon. He stops somewhere in each time zone at noon and people keep feeding him lunch.
When he finally gets to his grandmother's house he isn't hungry anymore or something like that.
I thought the name of the book was 12:00 High, but looking that up, it is a very, VERY different genre of book.
Did anyone remember the title of this?


message 2: by Emily (new)

Emily | 270 comments There's a book by Margaret Wise Brown called Noon Balloon about a cat; there's a new edition but the plot is different.
Noon Balloon


message 3: by Mai (new)

Mai | 1254 comments This one that came up searching Worldcat seems likely! (Although it's his aunt, not his grandma) The book is called High-Noon Rocket by Charles Paul May and illustated by Brinton Turkle, published in 1966. I found this description online: "Wilson Watson Wooster got a present from his Aunt Alice. It was a small balloon basket with rocket attached for him to fly to visit her in the West. He rescues a lady off the roof of her apartment building when she got locked out. He rescues a farmer who has gotten caught on his water windmill. He finally rescues his aunt who has climbed up on a tall pole with pigeon houses on top. Each time he is invited for lunch since it was 12 o'clock noon. He learns about time zones and has an adventure too."


message 4: by Missann (new)

Missann | 11 comments Mai wrote: "This one that came up searching Worldcat seems likely! (Although it's his aunt, not his grandma) The book is called High-Noon Rocket by Charles Paul May and illustated by Brinton Turkle, published ..."

That is it! Thank you!


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