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Balloons Over Broadway, Melissa Sweet, and the Engineering of a Picture Book

Trial and Error

The Elephant

Final Elephant Balloon Spread Art (Click to Enlarge)

Final Art of the Elephant Balloon

Melissa Sweet tried out various versions of the elephant balloon that appears throughout Balloons Over Broadway. This elephant balloon is featured on the big, surprising vertical spread at the climax of the finished book.


This section shows how Melissa Sweet tried different versions before deciding on a final elephant. What is different between all these elephants? What details stayed in the final version of the book? 


Click on the thumbnails below to view the images in more detail.