King of the Tightrope: When the Great Blondin Ruled Niagara
October 01, 2019
8.8 X 11.2 X 0.4 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author
Donna Janell Bowman grew up on a ranch in central Texas, where she took care of animal friends and trained for horse shows. Today she is a speaker, writing coach, and the author of award-winning books for young readers. Bowman has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Texas. Adam Gustavson holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from Rowan University and has taught at Seton Hall University and Philadelphia's University of the Arts. He is the award-winning illustrator of over thirty books for children. He lives, paints, teaches, and plays music in his home state of New Jersey, along with his charming family and a neurotic poodle.
"The lifelike gouache-and-watercolor illustrations are rich with the drama and tension of Blondin's performances. . . Bowman conjures the sheer magnitude of his Niagara endeavor as she describes the calculations, equipment, and manpower needed to simply get Blondin's rope from one shore to the other. And like the spectators there on June 30, 1859, readers will hold their breath as the Frenchman makes his legendary walk." --Booklist "Bowman's well-researched documentary text re-creates the energy, tactics, skill, engineering, unflinching optimism, and sheer grit of Blondin's preparations to cross Niagara as well as the skepticism and wonder of all who witnessed his legendary endeavor. Bold, colorful watercolor-and-gouache illustrations capture Blondin's high-wire escapades. . . Theatrical lighting, stunning perspectives, and arresting close-ups convey the intensity of Blondin's feats. . . Awesome, astounding, death-defying." --Kirkus Reviews "Bowman makes this longer text accessible to a wide range of readers. Gustavson's gouache and watercolor images transport readers into Blondin's world. . . . This well-researched, riveting biography will inspire readers." --School Library Journal