A King Seen from the Sky by Bruno Gilbert
  

A King Seen from the Sky

Written by Bruno Gilbert
Illustrated by

RRP £12.99

Synopsis

A King Seen from the Sky by Bruno Gilbert

This delightful book by award-winning children's book author and illustrator Bruno Gibert is intended for five- to seven-year-olds. It is inspired by the true story of the first flight of living creatures in a handmade aircraft. On September 19, 1783, the Montgolfier brothers demonstrated their new invention, the hot air balloon, or montgolfiere, at the Palace of Versailles before a large crowd, including Louis XVI, the king of France, and Queen Marie Antoinette. Considered too dangerous for human passengers, the experimental vessel carried a sheep, a duck, and a rooster in its basket. The balloon flew for about eight minutes, covered a distance of roughly two miles, and reached an altitude of more than 1,500 feet before landing safely. The animals' balloon ride caused a sensation and the first human flight followed a few months later. By the end of 1873, Louis XVI had ennobled the Montgolfier family in recognition of the brothers' important achievements, which perhaps inspired a royal celebration for the animals like the one depicted in the book. In Gibert's fantasy, the animals anger the king at the fete by describing him as no bigger than the tiniest snail when viewed from high above the ground, and Louis imprisons them in the Bastille. While the direct role of the animals in the storming of the Bastille in 1789 can't quite be supported by historical evidence, this book does vividly evoke the stirring developments in aeronautics that took place right around the time of the French Revolution.

About the Author

Bruno Gibert is a children's book author and illustrator; he also writes novels for adults. His book Le Petit Gibert Illustre received the Prix Coup de Coeur du Salon de Montreuil in 2010.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
36 pages

Author

Bruno Gilbert
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Publisher

Getty Research Institute,U.S. an imprint of Getty Trust Publications

Publication date

10th November 2015

ISBN

9781606064603


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