Swept up by the European ballooning craze of the 1780s, Dr. John Jeffries longed to become the first person to fly across the English Channel. But first he had to outwit a rascally co-pilot, keep the balloon from bursting, and avoid crashing into the sea. The good doctor’s quick-thinking solutions will surprise young readers—and keep them giggling when “lightening the load” is a relief in more ways than one. Don Brown tells this quirky true story with his usual accuracy and heart.
Don Brown is the author and illustrator of more than two dozen books for young readers, including Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans (Houghton Miffl in Harcourt), an Orbis Pictus Award winner and a Sibert Honor book. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and expressive watercolor painti ngs that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. He lives in upstate New York.