by David Macaulay

Houghton Mifflin, 1995

64 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: mystery, trains, animals, birds, pigs, horses, balloons, cars, boats

Also by this author: Black and White, Cathedral: The Story of its Construction, The Way Things Work

Albert and his cart horse June go to market to sell their watermelons every week, and today seems just as uneventful a journey as ever. However the small actions they make along the way have unexpected and dramatic consequences: runaway balloon, a misdirected express train, a missing pig. At the end of the day Albert and June remain blissfully unaware of the events they’ve set into motion.

Happily all the connections between the characters are not so obvious – the reader must put the puzzle pieces together along the way, making this a very satisfying story for those who love spotting clues and solving mysteries! Only careful observation of the illustrations will reveal all. The charm of this book only grows with repeated readings. Highly recommended!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mrkittylovesyou
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 14:31:53

    awsome did you write this book yourself?


  2. mrkittylovesyou
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 14:32:13

    A cute story


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