Captain Arsenio: Inventions and (Mis)adventures in Flight (Hardcover)

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Captain Arsenio was a curious man who liked, more than anything, to tinker and explore. One day in 1782, he decided that he would put his unusual skills to work in a most ambitious way: he would build a flying machine.

Despite a hodgepodge of materials (and a total unawareness of the laws of physics), Captain Arsenio aimed to get his feet off the ground and his head in the clouds—temporarily, at least. But would any of his crazy inventions ever achieve flight?

In this hilarious fictional account, Pablo Bernasconi imagines a legend in the making—a retired cheesemaker and scuba diver turned inventor who sets off to fly with the birds, in spite of himself.

Praise For…

"The collage artwork, which incorporates mostly metallic found objects such as springs and spoked wheels, features the determined but hapless adventurer rising and crashing in one spectacular disaster after another. Undaunted, he continues to proclaim that his next attempt “cannot fail.” Rube Goldberg fanciers may be intrigued by these attempts and might even be inspired to sketch some of their own alternatives." School Library Journal

"Bernasconi's aviation spoof is hard to categorize but well worth a look." -- Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780618507498
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Publication Date: May 1st, 2005
Pages: 40