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Melissa Sweet

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade


2015, Georgia Children's Book Award, Nominee2013, North Carolina Children's Book Award, Nominee2015, Virginia Readers Choice Award, Nominee2014, Young Hoosier Book Award, Nominee2012, Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, Winner2011, Lupine Award, Winner2015, Nutmeg Book Award, Nominee2012, Cook Prize, Winner2013, Red Clover Award, Nominee2014, Monarch Award, Nominee2012, Black-Eyed Susan Award, Nominee2012, Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, Recommended2014, Volunteer State Book Awards, Nominee2012, Jefferson Cup, Winner2012, Delaware Diamonds Award, Nominee2014, William Allen White Childens Book Award, Nominee2013, Land of Enchantment Book Award, Nominee2014, Beehive Awards, Winner2013, Arkansas Diamond Primary Book Award, Nominee2014, Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award, Nominee2012, Golden Kite, Winner2012, Orbis Pictus Award, Winner2012, Children's Book Committee Award, Winner2014, Bluebonnet Awards, Nominee2013, Rhode Island Children's Book Awards, Nominee2012, Cybils, Finalist2013, Star of the North Picture Book Award, Nominee2012, Charlotte Zolotow Award, Highly Commended

From Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet comes the perfect Thanksgiving Day read, the story of Tony Sarg. Meet the master puppeteer who invented the first balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Melissa Sweet, author of Girls Think of Everything, brings to life the inspirational story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who invented the giant balloons floating in the sky during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Caldecott Honor artist brilliantly captures the essence of Tony Sarg, a self-taught immigrant with a fascinating imagination.

The collage illustrations coupled with Sweet's storytelling portrays Sarg's joy in his childhood inventions and his ingenious balloon creations that still bring delight to viewers around the country. This nonfiction illustrated book will capture the hearts of all ages sitting around the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.


About the Author

Like Tony Sarg, Melissa Sweet loved to figure out how to make things move as a child. (She even remembers taking apart her own marionettes to see how they worked!) Today, she still plays with simple materials to construct her brilliant mixed-media collage illustrations, for which she has won a Caldecott Honor and two New York Times Best Illustrated citations. About this book, she writes:  As I began to research Tony Sarg, I was especially curious how he went from illustration and puppetry to designing the huge parade balloons. After I spent five years reading everything I could find on him, the Macy's parade, and puppetry--then traveling all over the map to talk to puppeteers--it seemed incredible that so few people knew of his work. I found him so inspiring, I wanted the whole world to know his story. For more information about the author and her work, visit