Sebastian and the Balloon

Author(s): Philip C. Stead

Picture Books

From the author of A Sick Day for Amos McGee comes a whimsical story about a hot air balloon, a boy, and a magical adventure. 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.


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*A sweet and quirky flight of fancy. "Booklist, STARRED REVIEW" Nostalgic charm pervades Stead's latest offering . . . The illustrations match the text's nostalgic feel, with a style at turns reminiscent of Brian Wildsmith and Bernard Waber, and yet this book is anything but derivative; it, like all Sebastian sees, is 'something new.' "The Horn Book" *Readers who don't mind a slightly open-ended narrative will adore this dreamy, experiential story for its quirky charms . . . Marvelous artwork. "School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW" *Stead does not dissapoint, giving readers another beautifully rendered picture book full of whimsy, heart and delight. "Kirkus Reviews, starred review" The low-key story is infused with melancholy... yet offers a degree of comfort as Sebastian and his fellow lonely hearts band together on a journey... "Publishers Weekly""

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781596439306
  • : St. Martin's Press
  • : Roaring Brook Press
  • : December 2014
  • : 279mm X 229mm X 9mm
  • : United States
  • : December 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philip C. Stead
  • : Hardback
  • : 1215
  • : English
  • : 813.6
  • : 40
  • : full colour illustrations throughout