Balloons Over Broadway

Balloons Over Broadway : The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

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From Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet comes the perfect Thanksgiving Day read, the story of Tony Sarg. Meet the master puppeteer who invented the first balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Melissa Sweet, author of Girls Think of Everything, brings to life the inspirational story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who invented the giant balloons floating in the sky during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Caldecott Honor artist brilliantly captures the essence of Tony Sarg, a self-taught immigrant with a fascinating imagination.

The collage illustrations coupled with Sweet's storytelling portrays Sarg's joy in his childhood inventions and his ingenious balloon creations that still bring delight to viewers around the country. This nonfiction illustrated book will capture the hearts of all ages sitting around the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 289 x 235 x 10mm | 390g
  • Boston, MA, China
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 0547199457
  • 9780547199450
  • 141,912

Review quote

"Sweet's brilliant combination of collage, design, illustration and text give Balloons Over Broadway an amazing richness. . . [no one] will ever see the parade in the same way."--Pete Hamill in The New York Times Book Review


"It's a history lesson, inventor's sketchbook, and inspirational story all rolled into one marvelous mixed-media masterpiece. Sweet's beautifully rendered true-life tale will have your child's imagination soaring to new heights!"--Education.com

Sweet tells this slice of American history well, conveying both Sarg's enthusiasm and joy in his work as well as the drama and excitement of the parade. . .This one should float off the shelves.--School Library Journal, starred review


"Tony Sarg, the man who invented the giant balloons of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, has found a worthy biographer in Caldecott Honoree Sweet. The rush that comes from inspiration, the cliffhanger moments of creation, the sheer joy of building something and watching it delight the multitudes--Sweet captures it all in what is truly a story for all ages--Publishers Weekly, starred review


"This clever marriage of information and illustration soars high."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review


"A joyous piece of nonfiction that informs and delights in equal parts."--Booklist, starred review


Sweet's whimsical mixed-media collages, embellished with little dolls she made herself out of odds and ends, reinforce the theme that, for Sarg, work was play.-- Horn Book, starred review

Sweet's artwork is as joyous an affair as its subject. --Bulletin
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About Melissa Sweet

Like Tony Sarg, Melissa Sweet loved to figure out how to make things move as a child. (She even remembers taking apart her own marionettes to see how they worked!) Today, she still plays with simple materials to construct her brilliant mixed-media collage illustrations, for which she has won a Caldecott Honor and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations. About this book, she writes:  As I began to research Tony Sarg, I was especially curious how he went from illustration and puppetry to designing the huge parade balloons. After I spent five years reading everything I could find on him, the Macy's parade, and puppetry--then traveling all over the map to talk to puppeteers--it seemed incredible that so few people knew of his work. I found him so inspiring, I wanted the whole world to know his story. For more information about the author and her work, visit www.melissasweet.net.
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Rating details

14,123 ratings
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4 28% (3,991)
3 16% (2,314)
2 7% (942)
1 5% (735)
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