Olsan, Matthew A Voyage in the Clouds PICTURE BOOK. 25 pgs. Margaret Ferguson Books (Farrar Straus Giroux), 2016. $18.00
This is the mostly true story of the first international balloon flight in 1785, in which two gentlemen who don’t get along very well cross from England to France in a hot air balloon. But things don’t go very well and at one point they have to throw things overboard, hilarity ensues.
This book was over the top funny! I love the basis in history and I think students will find this incredibly interesting. I love the relationship between the two men as they bicker and think it could be food for thought for older readers. The illustrations are stylized like an old painting and completely add to the fun (I especially love the faces of the dogs as they go through the two hour ordeal).
EL(K-3) –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.