The Twenty-One Balloons

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1948

The Twenty-One Balloons

by William Pène du Bois

Age: 8 +

Interests: balloons, travel, inventions, inventors, science, adventure, volcanoes

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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

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Mrs. Cockle’s Cat

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1961

Mrs. Cockle’s Cat

Philippa Pearce, author

Antony Maitland, illustrator

London: Constable and Co., 1961

30 pp.

Ages: 4 +

Interests: cats, flying, balloons, London, ocean, boats

Also by this author: Tom’s Midnight Garden

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Rated: PG for some peril and action

Length: 96 min

Age: 6 and up        Commonsense Media sez: 6 +

Scary factor: pretty high, with those snarling dogs in attack mode; dogs in planes fly into each other and plummet to the ground; dogs attacking/biting each other; villain Muntz tries to kill heroes; guns firing; many near-falls from airborn house; Muntz falls to his death, though impact not seen

Intense scenes: opening montage showing Carl’s wife in decline and then Carl in the funeral home and in mourning

Interests: action, adventure, travel, ballooning, South America, dogs
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