Synopses & Reviews
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 end up with so many balloons . . . and in the wrong ocean?
An absurd and fantastic tale. . . . Truth and fiction are cleverly mingled. (School Library Journal)
This classic by the Newbery Medal-winning author relates the incredible adventures of Professor William Waterman Sherman, who in 1883 sets off in a balloon across the Pacific. Illustrations.
A Newbery Medal Winner
Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948Newbery Medal
, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition.
"William Pene du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tell astory that has no age limit." The Horn Book"