Posted by: John Nez | 01/10/2009

Cromwell Dixon’s Sky-Cycle


Cromwell Dixon’s Sky-Cycle is the amazing true story of America’s forgotten ‘Boy Aeronaut’, who actually built and flew his own flying bicycle over the skyscrapers of Columbus, Ohio in 1907.

It’s a true story of adventure, determination, courage and perseverance. Cromwell Dixon was the original ‘Balloon Boy’. 1907 was an amazing age of new invention in America. For the first time in history people were flying and even building flying machines in their own backyards.

This fascinating true tale of aeronautical adventure will captivate readers. Cromwell Dixon’s Sky-Cycle is written and illustrated by John Abbott Nez.

This book is a real adventure book, filled with illustrations of amazing home-made inventions built in Cromwell Dixon’s workshop that capture the spirit of the times.

Blog Critics Rave Review:
John Abbott Nez’s latest illustrated book for young readers is an obvious labor of love. The paintings are sheer splendor to look at and young fans will pore over the pages again and again. I lost myself in the images and the action several times, thinking about the worlds Nez so effortlessly opened up with bright colors and intricate pieces.

Detailed watercolor paintings with tremendous kid appeal take readers back in time with a delightful depiction of early-twentieth-century America. Telling a fascinating story, this picture book is a nice choice to introduce the genre of historical fiction to children.

From Kirkus Review:
A fine tribute to teenage inventors everywhere
“Dare to dream” is the clear message here.

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From School Library Journal:
This lively account is filled with informative and fascinating images. Young inventors as well as aviation aficionados will be intrigued. This fictionalized account is also a great example of the importance of determination, derring-do, and imagination.–Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

From Publisher’s Weekly:
Cromwell Dixon’s Sky-Cycle introduces an obscure figure in flight history with engaging artwork that jazzes up this jaunt to a golden age of invention.


Available from G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

  • ISBN-10: 0399250417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250415

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