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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel


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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 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

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