The 21 Balloons

The 21 Balloons, written and illustrated by William Pene du Bois, was one of my favorite books as a child. It’s the story of Professor William Waterman Sherman, a 19th-century balloonist and inventor who crashes on the island of Krakatoa just before its historic volcanic eruption. The book is full of illustrations and diagrams of clever mechanical inventions.

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