Illustrator: William Pène du Bois
Published by Puffin on 1986 (first in 1947)
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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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 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition.
Beautiful children’s book. Illustrated beautifully as well. I enjoy it as much now as I did when I first read it as a kid. It’s incredibly detailed, but I remember being able to understand it when I was younger. I loved learning about the Gourmet Government of Krakatoa, and all the politics, inventions, and different architecture. It was truly a utopia, albeit a dangerous one.
It was all so sophisticated and elegant. So was the writing style, so it was a perfect math. The illustrations really complemented it as well. Sherman was quite a character and it was captivating to read about his adventures. I loved this book.