Presents a tribute to the creator of the giant balloons that fill the sky during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, tracing the work of artist Tony Sarg, whose innovative “upside-down puppet” creations have become the parade’s trademark.
This fantastically buoyant book is sure to delight readers of all ages. I love the playful and whimsical illustrations and the way the text is integrated into some of the illustrations. The book is based on the true story of the evolution of Anthony Sang's wonderful puppets into the enormous balloons that are the trademark of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The problem-solving theme of the book appeals to me, as does the teamwork and reliance on others with expertise to help solve the problems.
Melissa Sweet has illustrated more than eighty children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor books The Right Word and A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams both written by Jen Bryant. She also wrote and illustrated Tupelo Rides the Rails; Carmine: A Little More Red, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; and Balloons Over Broadway, a picture book biography that was named a 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Picture Book. When she is not in her studio, Melissa can be found taking an art class, hiking with her dogs, or riding her bicycle. She lives with her family in Rockport, Maine.
To Tony Sarg and his cast of characters
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The text of this book is set in Museo
The illustrations are gouache, collage, and mixed media.