Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

Kathryn Gibbs Davis (Author) Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)


Capturing an engineer's creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world's most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.
A fun, fact-filled text by Kathryn Gibbs Davis combines with Gilbert Ford's dazzling full-color illustrations to transport readers to the 1893 World's Fair, where George Ferris and his big, wonderful wheel lifted passengers to the skies for the first time.

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Houghton Mifflin
Publish Date
September 02, 2014
10.1 X 0.4 X 10.3 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Kathryn Gibbs Davis has a gift for combining history and storytelling in a manner that relates to readers of many ages. Kathryn is an active member of the Children's Literature Network. Visit

Gilbert Ford was born into a family of photographers. Instead of taking up the camera, he moved to New York to attend the prestigious Pratt Institute. His illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, toys, billboards, and advertisements. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Visit


* "Davis' picture-book bio soars, inspires, and keeps (the pages) ever turning"
--Booklist, starred review

"The modernist look, inherently interesting topic, and strong documentation...make this title a positive addition."
--School Library Journal

"Kids who take ferris wheels for granted should find this history eye-opening."

"Davis's picture-book account of the Ferris Wheel construction does a first-rate job of capturing the many risks--to civic pride, financial success, and public safety--that attached to the first iteration of what most readers have already enjoyed as a local carnival attraction."

"Davis delivers a tense and satisfying underdog story, while Ford creates a stylized 19th-century landscape."
--Publishers Weekly

"[An] informative and entertaining account."
--Wall Street Journal