This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Preparations for the Ascent by Nikolai Nosov

Preparations for the Ascent

by Nikolai Nosov

Other authors: Boris Kalaushin (Illustrator), Margaret Wettlin (Translator)

Series: Dunno's Adventures (7)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
212,551,640 (2.5)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Picking up where How Doono Made a Balloon - the sixth entry in this Russian picture-book series about a tiny Mite named Dunno (Незнайка, meaning "don't know" in the original) - left off, Preparations for the Ascent (as its name implies) follows Dunno and his friends as they prepare for the launch of the rubber balloon and basket created by Doono (Dunno's opposite, so named because he does know). Once again ignoring the taunts of their fellow Flower Town residents, Doono and the rest of his housemates, including Dunno, prepare the balloon for flight, proving by the end of this tale that it can indeed ascend...

Like its immediate predecessor, Preparations for the Ascent is not a standalone title - all of these picture-books are chapters from the original, longer Незнайка story, but the first few are fairly complete, in their own right - and really needs to be read in conjunction with the other entries in the series. As a story, it lacks great interest - it's really an episode, not a story - and the text itself is rather stiff, perhaps owing to issues of translation. Despite now having read seven of these tales, I can't say I am a great fan, either of the character of Dunno, or of the fairy-tale world Nosov created. On the other hand, as someone interested in the history of children's literature in other parts of the world, I am glad to have an opportunity to read about this popular character from the Russian tradition, and I do think that the artwork has a kind of vintage charm. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 16, 2013 |
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Nikolai Nosovprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kalaushin, BorisIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wettlin, MargaretTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
"The next morning Doono woke his friends up earlier than usual. They got up and began dressing for the flight..."
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

No library descriptions found.

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (2.5)
2 1
3 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 127,183,369 books! | Top bar: Always visible