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

Written & Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

On Thanksgiving Day, young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for the Macy’s Day Parade. Who first invented these "upside-down marionettes"? Meet Tony Sarg, illustrator, inventor, and puppeteer extraordinaire! In brilliant collage illustrations, Caldecott Honor artist Melissa Sweet tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America—the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy’s Parade.