The Twenty-One Balloons

William Pène du Bois


The Twenty-One Balloons

The Twenty-One Balloons

  • Title: The Twenty-One Balloons
  • Author: William Pène du Bois
  • ISBN: 9780670734412
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Hardcover



A Newbery Medal Winner and timeless classicProfessor 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 William Pene du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tellA Newbery Medal Winner and timeless classicProfessor 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 William Pene du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tell a story that has no age limit The Horn Book


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One month after graduating from college, I started working. That was in 1984. I am now in my 4th company and except for my paid vacation leaves and rare sick days, I have never been, even a single day, out of the corporate rate race. 27 years of working and trying to earn a living.I know it is still far from the 40 years of being a math teacher in some high school for Professor William Waterman Sherman but once in a while, I also feel that I need to do something outrageous. Maybe just to break t [...]

Flight of Fancy(A Book Review of William Pène du Bois’s The Twenty-One Balloons)After busting a literary heavy I noticed that from time to time there’s this feeling, an emerging need to clear the palate, to freshen up and clean the slate for another bout of serious reading. In occasions like this I always dig the rich fields of Children’s Literature on the look out for some fun and light book where I don’t have to think much and just go along to the pull of the story wherever it will ta [...]

My guess is I was ten years old the first time I read this book, and I absolutely loved it. Fast forward to today, and the book still worked for me. It's an adventure story (can a retired old schoolteacher travel around the world in 40 days on a balloon and survive a huge volcanic eruption?), a treasure story (think bucketfuls of gigantic diamonds), and a story of science (exploring the Victorian obsession with ballooning, as well as other inventions such as electric wiring, in both realistic an [...]

Charming! I've seen this book around my whole life, because . . . well, it's an old Newbery winner. It never looked that interesting to me, just something I thought I might get around to eventually in my quest to read all the Newberies. A couple of months back I found a like new copy at the library sale for a quarter, so I thought, Hey why not?Read it aloud to my kids, and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. The illustrations were perfect, since he goes into a lot of technical details about hot air ba [...]

Retro Book ReviewThe Twenty-One BalloonsBy William Pène du Bois I am a creature of habit. I order the same thing every time I go to a restaurant, I stick to a routine, and my favorites are my favorites. Many of the books I fell in love with as a child are, to this day, still my favorites. I was once told by a colleague that many of the books I enjoy are “crusty”. I believe a great book never goes out of style; it becomes a classic that can stand the test of time. Although The Twenty-One Bal [...]

Just a guess on the time I read it. It was definitely 5th grade. It was definitely the most memorable book I read during adolescence. I credit this book as the first book I really, truly, loved. The first book, gradually followed by many others, that made me realize reading could be fun. Sometimes it almost feels like it was the first book I completed, the first book I held in my memory, but as I go back I realize that isn't true. There were plenty books before, I'm sure, mainly of the Beverly C [...]

William Pene du Bois' book is categorized as a young adult book, though it can easily become a beloved story for all ages. Though this book was originally written in the 1940s, it is a timeless classic. Winner of the Newbery Medal, this story can truly be read over and over again and still maintain the excitement. I found this story completely engaging from the beginning. The characters are unique and quirky with something to hide-making the story a fun and thrilling read. The civilization as we [...]

I'm quite surprised this book was awarded a Newbery. It started off with a bit of enjoyable whimsy, quickly degenerated into a quagmire of mediocre fantasy, and grew steadily into a punishing crescendo of monotony. The last several chapters actually hurt. It felt something like reading an uninteresting and predictable list of inventory. Imagine slogging through a ship's cargo manifest. But not a cool shipke a pirate's . like a freight load of something utterly unamazingke bananas. Page after pag [...]

I read this for school years ago. I really enjoyed it, it's funny and just a really good book.

“Half of this story is true and the other half might very well have happened.”Our story kicks off with the exciting discovery and rescue of a sophisticated professor named William Waterman Sherman, who is stranded in the North Atlantic amid the wreckage of twenty-one sadly deflated balloons. It's the first sighting of this adventurous professor since is departure from San Francisco three weeks earlier. But that day he'd floated off the pier in one large balloon, not twenty one. How did he co [...]

This book was one I found recommended in one of the summer issues of the children's Friend magazine, so I knew that it would not be offensive. I think there was an asterisk next to it in the Friend that said they made brief mention of drinking alcohol.I really liked the book. It did happen to be on the AR reading list and it is a 6.8, so a more difficult book. But it's very imaginative and adventurous. The protagonist is male, but I think this is a story that both boys and girls would enjoy.It i [...]

I picked this one up for a course that I am taking, and it certainly elicited the most responses from my friends and colleagues. It seems that everyone has a great childhood memory of this book. The same was true of my classmatespositive reviews across the board.William Walter Sherman wants to take a balloon voyage around the world. He has been a teacher of mathematics for many years, and after all of that time surrounded by children, a bit of peace is just what the doctor ordered. Professor She [...]

Newbery Medal Winner--1948I thought I might like this adventure story, as I love the idea of traveling around the world in a balloon. This one started out promising, with a man found at sea who had been travelling around in a small house kept aloft by a giant balloon (it reminded me of the movie Up.Unfortunately, it was less adventure story and more fantastical--much of the book is just Professor Sherman describing life on Krakatoa, where he crash landed. So instead of exciting adventures, we ge [...]

This is my favorite book! The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene Du Bois was read to me in my gifted, or TAG class. It is about a retired math teacher named Professor Sherman who wants to be alone. So he has a giant hot-air-balloon built for him that has a basket house attached. Brings to mind the movie "Up", dosen`t it? He plans to live in it for a year, using trash for ballast. But those plans are spoiled because a seagull pokes a hole in his balloon, forcing him to crash land on the island o [...]

Ideanot new , you feel reading this idea before in Sindbad or Journey to the center of the earthNarrative narrative was very boringadvantagebeautiful and amazing pictures which were the reason to give this book 2 stars

Stefan's review: I really liked this. The volcano erupting was my favorite part. When he crashed is also a fun part.There were diamonds in the mountain.

A short and quirky tale about a retired teacher who sets off in a balloon to get away from it all for a year and lands on Krakatoa just before it explodes.The beginning was really good fun, I could just imagine it as a colourful cartoon in the style of 'Up'. The descriptions of what he found on Krakatoa were really interesting, there were some really good ideas.The story involves lots of balloons in various ingenious guises.

As I’ve been reading books for this class, I’ve had a little notebook next to me to take notes on things I’d like to talk about in my post about the book: the very first thing I wrote down for the Twenty-One Balloons was “I’m SO excited about rereading this; it’s been maybe 15 years.” I loved then and still love the way the book opens – we’ve met our main character, albeit briefly, and are on the edge of our seats, waiting along with the rest of the world, to hear his tale. I r [...]

William Pene du Bois combines an adventurous man with the gifted people of an island to take you on a creative journey through peculiar situations and wonderful inventions. Whether enjoying the view in the Giant Balloon Life Raft, listening with the rest of the world as Professor Sherman tells his tale, or simply flipping the pages of a book reading through the story, everyone is taken on an adventure through loyalty, wonderful characters, and frankly fantastic styles in The Twenty-One Balloons. [...]

This past week I've been visiting my mother as she recuperates from surgery, and as a way to pass the time I've been reading her The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois. She'd never read it before, and it's not a bad book to read aloud.In 1883, Professor William Waterman Sherman of San Francisco, a teacher of arithmetic for many years, decides upon his retirement that he will set forth in a huge specially-made balloon to take a trip around the world. Fate decrees a slightly different co [...]

Title: The Twenty-One BalloonsAuthor: William Pene duBoisGenre: Young AdultChallenges: 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, The Naming Convention Challenge, Book Around the States Challenge, Read and Review Challenge 2010, 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge, 100 + Reading Challenge, Young Adult Reading Challenge, YA Through the Decades, Audio Book Challenge 2010, Pages Read 2010, A to Z challenge, 1001 Childrens book Before I Grow UpRating: 4/5 No. of Pages: Audio (192)Published: 194 [...]

What a peculiar story! William Sherman, tired of teaching ungrateful children, decides to travel around the world in a hot air balloon. Sherman succeeds, but not in the way he'd anticipated. Unexpectedly, Sherman crashes on the island of Krakatoa. Instead of finding a deserted island, however, he comes upon a strange community of people.The community has a source of wealth, a magnificent diamond mine, that allows the people to do anything they wish. The people have created a zany civilization fo [...]

The 1948 Newbery Winner, this lighthearted adventure tale blends fact and fiction to craft a humorous and fanciful tale that informs and entertains. The protagonist, William Waterman Sherman, leaves San Francisco to fly across the Pacific in a single balloon (inspired by real-life airship pioneers such as Henri Giffard and Felix Nadar). He is found later adrift in the Atlantic, near death, clinging to the wreckage of not one but twenty balloons. After an amusing, suspense-building delay in recou [...]

I read this a long time ago in a rocking chair by the window in an upstairs bedroom at my grandmother's house; I couldn't have been older than 7 or 8 the last time I stayed there. I recently found the audiobook in the library and snapped it up.The book is not the 5-star wonder I remember, but it is a fine read for the young (or people who can read young people's books without scorn), and I was pleased to revisit it. The first thing I noticed was the reader, who also read _Wicked_. He's darned go [...]

This is another book I was pre-reading for my son and the humor took me by surprise. The story is of a San Francisco man in the late 1800's who decides to retire from teaching math to adolescent boys and take a vacation. He wants a vacation that has no destination and he doesn't want to be bothered by anyone, so he has an elaborate balloon built and stocks it so that he can float across the Pacific. A few weeks later, he is picked up in the Atlantic Ocean amid the the wreckage of 21 balloons. Ev [...]

This story begins with Professor William Waterman Sherman being found in the Atlantic Ocean surrounded by 20 hot air balloons. Since it was well publicized that the Professor left San Francisco a month prior in one hot air balloon with the intention of flying around the world for a year, everyone wonders what he is doing in the wrong ocean with so many balloons. But Professor Sherman refuses to tell any piece of his story until he reaches San Francisco. The set-up for getting him to the west coa [...]

The Twenty-One Balloons is a winner of the Newbery Medal and an interesting story about Professor William Waterman Sherman and his idea to live for 1 year in a hot air balloon. You see "there are two kinds of travel. The usual way is to take the fastest imaginable conveyance along the shortest road. The other way is not to care particularly where you are going or how long it will take you, or whether you will get there or not." Sherman uses the second type of travel. His travel takes him around [...]

Why do so many people love this book? I hated it! I don't often hate a book, and if I absolutely "can't get into it" I put it down (sometimes with the intention of coming back to it later), but considering it's a children's book and not a very long one I couldn't take it back to the library without finishing it. I forced myself to read every word, even though I was incredibly bored the entire time! This book in one word: BORING! There's way too much explaining ("Let me explain," or "so-and-so ex [...]

A Very Interesting Read! I enjoyed reading this very detailed account of Professor William Waterman Sherman's balloon journey to the island of Krakatoa and back again. While I could easily identify with the Professor's desire to escape the entrapments of daily life, I probably wouldn't choose a balloon as a means to do so. However, if I did choose to I would feel as though I had some prior knowledge of ballooning after reading this book. The author's descriptions and illustrations are superb. I [...]

Guy builds the hot air balloon to end all hot air balloons and intends to float all the way around the world on it, but instead he crash lands on a secret island filled with diamonds where 20 families live in the lap of luxury, secluded from the rest of the world and perfectly content.Fun read. Interesting idea. You could do a lot of art projects with kids who were reading this book, but that's really about it. There aren't any deep themes or questions to explore and it seems like a story that w [...]


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