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Children's Nonfiction Puzzles

Up, Up and Away

A round-the-world puzzle adventure

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2006
Puzzles, Aviation, General
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
k to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2006
    List Price

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Where to buy it

Out of print

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Six lucky kids have won first prize in a geography competition, so they’re off with their two teachers on an amazing journey around the world by hot-air balloon. And readers are invited along for the ride. From Lake Titikaka in Bolivia to a shopping mall in the United States, from a fair in rural Quebec to a gallery in England, from the Tivoli Gardens in Denmark to Roman ruins in Italy, each stop is its own adventure. The reader’s challenge is to soak up the different scenery, and find all six kids and the missing teacher at each destination. Scot Ritchie’s completely delightful and wonderfully detailed illustrations make each vibrantly colored spread a treat to delve into over and over again. Young readers will get a captivating snapshot of many different parts of the world, and will be able to use their detective skills to find the kids. Only an astute observer will have what it takes to track them all down so they can be rounded up again for the next leg of their journey.

About the author


Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.


Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.



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Editorial Reviews

A great book to take on vacation for those rainy days or long trips.

Burnaby Now

clever and amusing...Much like the Where's Waldo? books, but with seven characters concealed in each picture instead of just one, Up, Up and Away sharpens its readers' skills of visual recognition and discrimination.

Quill & Quire

A fun addition to a school or public library's collection, Up, Up and Away would also be a practical purchase by parents going on a family holiday involving lots of driving time and children.

CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials

Librarian Reviews

Up, Up and Away: A Round-the- World Puzzle Adventure

Kids love activity books full of puzzles – people and things to find, items that don’t belong and snippets of information to absorb along with the fun. A Canadian entry in this field is welcome.

Scot Ritchie, whose illustrations have graced more than 30 children’s books, gives readers the puzzle of finding six kids and one teacher in scenes from around the world. Two pages at the end give more details of important buildings or places in that particular country.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2006. Vol.29 No. 3.

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