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Professor Jonathan T. Buck's Mysterious Airship Notebook

The Lost Step-by-Step Schematic Drawings from the Pioneer of Steampunk Design

Illustrated by Jonathan Buck
Published by Bloom Books for Young Readers
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Part how-to-draw instructional guide, part thrilling airship adventure book!

At the end of the 19th century, a brilliant inventor, Professor Jonathan T. Buck, crafted a beautiful steam-powered airship for an expedition to South America’s Amazon River Basin in search of a magnificent lost city — hidden from terrestrial explorers for centuries by its surrounding dense forests.

But something mysterious happened in the heart of the jungle — Buck, his crew and the Air Paddle Steamer Claire vanished.

More than a century later, an expedition sent to look for any trace of the Claire vanished and its crew discovered a single, discarded trunk lodged high in the forest canopy. Inside was this notebook: a riveting — firsthand account that reveals not only just how Buck drew up the plans for his airship, but what fate befell the expedition.

Professor Jonathan T. Buck's Mysterious Airship Notebook is unlike any adventure story before. Part drawing guide, part historical saga, this book will transport readers to a world before modern technology, when steam power, gadgets, gases and gizmos took us into the skies.

About The Authors

Samuel “Fact” Kaplan is an author, psychologist, and humorist based out of Oakland, California. As a psychologist, he works with families and kids with disabilities, using humor, art, music, and games to create connections and help kids heal from complex traumas. He is the coauthor of the books Goodnight Dorm Room, Everybody Poops 410 Pounds a Year, and The MANual. Samuel is very fast. His speed is comparable to that of a shark crossed with a baby tuna that is also being chased by the aforementioned shark. 

As a writing team, authors Keith Riegert and Samuel Kaplan have explored a wide swath of the human experience, from airships and testosterone to nun-chucks, root vegetables, and life-and-death survival. Keith lives in New York City. Samuel lives in California.

About The Illustrator

Jonathan Buck is an artist and illustrator.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Bloom Books for Young Readers (December 7, 2021)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781646042999
  • Grades: 5 - 8

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"Beautiful! That's the word that comes to mind with this 32 page hardback book. Described as The Lost Step-By-Step Dirigible Drawings From The Pioneer of Steampunk Design, this little book might be marketed towards a younger audience, but any steampunk fan is going to want it on the shelf."

– Wired Magazine

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