Cover image for Sebastian and the balloon
Title:
Sebastian and the balloon
Author:
Stead, Philip Christian, author, illustrator.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
"When Sebastian launches himself on a journey in a hot air balloon made entirely of Grandma's afghans and patchwork quilts, his boring day turns into the adventure of a lifetime"--
General Note:
"A Neal Porter Book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781596439306
Format :
Book

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Summary

On a boring day, on a dull street, Sebastian sat high atop his roof - something he was never supposed to do. When he launched himself into the air in his balloon made of Grandma's afghans and patchwork quilts, his journey took on a life of its own and his boring day turned into the adventure of a lifetime.From award-winning author/illustrator Philip C. Stead, comes another timeless adventure with his trademark whimsical illustrations and an unwavering spirit.


Author Notes

Philip C. Stead is the author of the 2011 Caldecott Medal book, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. His book, A Home for Bird, received four starred reviews and was called "a deeply satisfying story" by Kirkus Reviews, while his most recent book, Hello, My Name is Ruby, has earned three starred reviews. Philip lives with his wife, illustrator Erin E. Stead, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Life on Sebastian's street is so monotonous that the young boy assembles a large balloon, stocks it with all the things he would ever need, and flies away, accompanied by a small, red bird. Along his travels, he meets a bear and a lanky stork-like bird with whom he shares pickle sandwiches, thus cementing their friendship. After the balloon is accidentally punctured, Sebastian and his companions encounter three creative women who assist in getting the balloon aloft again and lead the way to more adventure. Sebastian is a young child who takes charge of his world: navigating a balloon, accumulating a friendly though unconventional crew, taking an all-day roller-coaster ride. Quiet humor permeates the pictures and text: Sebastian is shown choosing items for his trip from a wide array of belongings, including a potted flower, a grandfather clock, and a boat. Illustrations created with oils, pastels, and pressed charcoal, mainly in intense red, blue, gold and brown, are imbued with texture and varying perspectives, making them a joy to peruse. Sebastian's story doesn't end here but is merely the first leg in a journey toward all the possibilities his future holds. A sweet and quirky flight of fancy.--Owen, Maryann Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Stead returns to elements of A Home for Bird and Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat in this story of a spontaneous journey, motivated by boredom. There is nothing to see on my street, laments Sebastian, observing his drab neighborhood from the steep roof of his house. Two page turns later, the boy has built a spherical hot-air balloon from Grandmas afghans and patchwork quilts and sets off. Each time Sebastian lands, he meets someone and shares a pickle sandwich; soon, a bear, a stork, and three elderly sisters have come aboard. Together they travel to a rickety wooden roller coaster, which they repair and ride until the wind picked up and it was time to go. With a retro palette of cyan, rust orange, and mustard, Steads moody charcoal-line illustrations recall Ray Cruzs 1970s illustrations for Judith Viorsts Alexander books. The low-key story is infused with melancholy (Sebastian never smiles) yet offers a degree of comfort as Sebastian and his fellow lonely hearts band together on a journey with no real destination in mind. Ages 3-7. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Sebastian sits on the roof of his house. "There is nothing to see on my street, he thought. Nothing to see at all." Readers see a close-up of the glum boy and the top of the roof; his world indeed looks small and boring. On the page turn, he decides, "Tonight I'll leave and see something new for a change." Now Sebastian stands on the roof silhouetted by a giant moon, and the whole neighborhood is revealed. Although the houses are uniform and unexciting, the world seems large and full of possibilities. Accompanied by a little bird, Sebastian sets off in a balloon built from afghans and quilts. He and his companion share pickle sandwiches with a bear, crash into a tall bird that pops their balloon, and land on the house of a trio of elderly knitters who repair the vehicle. When the wind picks up, they all fly off together to find "The most perfect roller-coaster you will ever see." They fix the broken-down coaster and spend the day enjoying their handiwork, "Until the wind picked up and it was time to go." Readers who don't mind a slightly open-ended narrative will adore this dreamy, experiential story for its quirky charms. Stead's trademarks are present in this volume: pithy, talking animals, quixotic travel, and a matter-of-fact sensibility offsetting fantastic events. Marvelous artwork guarantees that his fans won't be disappointed.-Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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