Sebastian and the Balloon

By STEAD, Philip C.

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ISBN
9781596439306
Publisher
Roaring Brook Neal Porter Bks.


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on August 1, 2014  |  Preschool to Grades 4

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 ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on October 1, 2014

Nostalgic charm pervades Stead's latest offering, beginning with the age-old inducement of boredom to propel its protagonist into adventure. After gathering "all the things he would ever need," Sebastian sets out in a hot-air balloon to "see something new for a change." His vessel is made of a box, strings, and "Grandma's afghans and patchwork quilts"; a small, red bird (unmentioned by the text) flies along as his companion. Delightful encounters with "a r...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

Sebastian sets out in a hot-air balloon made of a box, strings, and "Grandma's afghans and patchwork quilts" to see something ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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