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King of the Tightrope by Donna Janell Bowman
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King of the Tightrope

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King of the Tightrope by Donna Janell Bowman
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Nov 29, 2022 | ISBN 9781682634066

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“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

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