Captain Arsenio by Pablo Bernasconi
Inventions and (Mis)adventures in Flight

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Captain Arsenio was a curious man who liked, more than anything, to tinker and explore. One day in 1782, he decided that he would put his unusual skills to work in a most ambitious way: he would build a flying machine.

Despite a hodgepodge of materials (and a total unawareness of the laws of physics), Captain Arsenio aimed to get his feet off the ground and his head in the clouds—temporarily, at least. But would any of his crazy inventions ever achieve flight?

In this hilarious fictional account, Pablo Bernasconi imagines a legend in the making—a retired cheesemaker and scuba diver turned inventor who sets off to fly with the birds, in spite of himself.

About Pablo Bernasconi

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Pablo Bernasconi is an award-winning graphic designer who was born in Buenos Aires. Pablo loves things that grow: puppies, trees, hair, knowledge, children, clouds, and pumpkins! His artwork has been published in picture books, magazines, and newspapers all over the world. He lives in Patagonia, Argentina--still a wild place where nature can often over-rule humans' attempts to control it.
Published May 2, 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Drawing from the pages of a recently “discovered” journal, Bernasconi chronicles the uniformly disastrous experiments of forgotten aviation pioneer Manuel J.

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Argentinian author-artist Bernasconi, a pilot himself, creates multi-stage diagrams to document Arsenio's flights, from takeoff to ascent to maximum height and crash-landing.

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