Half of this story is true and the other half might very well have happened. -William Pène du Bois
Hello, peeps(there's only so many ways to start a blog post)! School has been weighing down my schedule quite a bit lately(for those of you who've done Challenge I, you'll understand), but I did find a pocket of time to jot down a couple thoughts here before rushing back to work on my debate speech.
My posts lately have been dominated heavily by references to books I love. Like the ones I've re-read and talk constantly about. *looks at Lord of the Rings* But, believe it or not, there are plenty of other thoroughly enjoyable titles which just don't manage to surface here.
So to give my other favorite books some attention, I'm beginning a series of blog posts on good, but generally lesser-known books you don't hear about as often from me. These posts should show up, hmmm, lets say once every few weeks. Maybe more often maybe less often.
I'll also add a random pretty picture or two from the stash on my camera just for fun. :)
Today's pick was- The Twenty One Balloons by William du Bois
What It's About
Professor Sherman, an honorary member of the Western American Explorers Club, embarked on an indefinite vacation, riding in a basket. Suspended beneath balloons.
Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned. Still drifting above the Pacific Ocean, a seagull entangles himself in the silk balloon and consequently punctures a hole, causing air to begin leaking out. After tossing all his belongings overboard, Professor Sherman plummets into the ocean festering with sharks. *cue Jaws soundtrack* :D
However, the professor just scraped the edge of an island, Krakatoa. Crawling to shore, he immediately dropped into sleep. Upon waking, he finds himself in an undiscovered utopia built around an immense store of diamonds.
But of course, a true utopia isn't possible. And thus the conflict.
Why It's Good
It's entertaining for one thing. What with the elaborate(yet not too excessive) descriptions of the society dwelling on Krakatoa, the beautiful illustrations, and humorous dialogue, I never wanted anything to liven the story up.
But even better, it's packed with meaning. Rather like The Giver, Twenty-One Balloons displays the futility of human inventions, pride, and selfishness.
Approximate Age Range: 8+ (Although I think my mom read it to me when I was a bit younger)
Number of Pages: 180
Favorite Character: Mr. F(All the characters living on Krakatoa are lettered.)
So, to conclude it is written for younger kids, but I believe there's lots it has to offer even to teenagers like me. If you've already read it, drop me a comment so we can talk!
Next Book: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare