click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  workers atop the in-progress construction of the gigantic "Ferris Wheel" -with the fairground buildings of the 1893 World's Fair (named "White City") seen far below.   The Fantastic Ferris Wheel  -written by Betsy Harvey Kraft & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by Christy Ottaviano Books, 2015.  The true story of American engineer George Washington Ferris, who designed and built the very first giant observation wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which was nicknamed the "Ferris Wheel" by the mesmerized public.    "The engineering challenges, coupled with the harsh Chicago winter, lend drama to the text; Salerno's richly detailed compositions extend it... the artist's full-bleed pictures exhibit dizzying perspective and inventive composition, adding plenty of detail, including fairgoers in period dress... An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers."    -Kirkus Reviews ,  STARRED REVIEW    See a posting on Steven's blog on how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  a detailed cropped view of the cover for  The Fantastic Ferris Wheel .    see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  the public gathers to watch construction of the strange invention of engineer George Ferris in 1893.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  preliminary  SKETCH : the opening scene of the story depicting young George Ferris pondering machines and the mechanics of wheels, and of his future as an engineer.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  the crowds entering the fair grounds on opening day of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped view of one of the illustrations... depicting a construction worker of 1893.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  American engineer George Washington Ferris seen at his worktable.
       
     
 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  workers atop the in-progress construction of the gigantic "Ferris Wheel" -with the fairground buildings of the 1893 World's Fair (named "White City") seen far below.   The Fantastic Ferris Wheel  -written by Betsy Harvey Kraft & illustrated by  Steven Salerno  published by Christy Ottaviano Books, 2015.  The true story of American engineer George Washington Ferris, who designed and built the very first giant observation wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which was nicknamed the "Ferris Wheel" by the mesmerized public.    "The engineering challenges, coupled with the harsh Chicago winter, lend drama to the text; Salerno's richly detailed compositions extend it... the artist's full-bleed pictures exhibit dizzying perspective and inventive composition, adding plenty of detail, including fairgoers in period dress... An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers."    -Kirkus Reviews ,  STARRED REVIEW    See a posting on Steven's blog on how the illustrations for this picture book were created.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: workers atop the in-progress construction of the gigantic "Ferris Wheel" -with the fairground buildings of the 1893 World's Fair (named "White City") seen far below.

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel -written by Betsy Harvey Kraft & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Christy Ottaviano Books, 2015.

The true story of American engineer George Washington Ferris, who designed and built the very first giant observation wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, which was nicknamed the "Ferris Wheel" by the mesmerized public.

"The engineering challenges, coupled with the harsh Chicago winter, lend drama to the text; Salerno's richly detailed compositions extend it... the artist's full-bleed pictures exhibit dizzying perspective and inventive composition, adding plenty of detail, including fairgoers in period dress... An absorbing read for young makers and dreamers." -Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

See a posting on Steven's blog on how the illustrations for this picture book were created.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  a detailed cropped view of the cover for  The Fantastic Ferris Wheel .    see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: a detailed cropped view of the cover for The Fantastic Ferris Wheel.

see Steven’s complete list of published picture books to date

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  the public gathers to watch construction of the strange invention of engineer George Ferris in 1893.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: the public gathers to watch construction of the strange invention of engineer George Ferris in 1893.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  preliminary  SKETCH : the opening scene of the story depicting young George Ferris pondering machines and the mechanics of wheels, and of his future as an engineer.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: preliminary SKETCH: the opening scene of the story depicting young George Ferris pondering machines and the mechanics of wheels, and of his future as an engineer.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  the crowds entering the fair grounds on opening day of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: the crowds entering the fair grounds on opening day of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  cropped view of one of the illustrations... depicting a construction worker of 1893.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: cropped view of one of the illustrations... depicting a construction worker of 1893.

 click upper right corner of images to enlarge   above:  American engineer George Washington Ferris seen at his worktable.
       
     

click upper right corner of images to enlarge

above: American engineer George Washington Ferris seen at his worktable.