Sector 7

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This article is about the picture book by David Wiesner. For the Korean film, see Sector 7 (film). For the fictional government organization, see Transformers (film).
Sector 7
Sector 7 (Wiesner book).jpg
Author David Wiesner
Illustrator David Wiesner
Genre Picture book
Publisher Clarion Books
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-395-74656-1
OCLC 36147202

Sector 7 is a wordless picture book created and illustrated by David Wiesner. Published in 1999 by Clarion Books, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Honor for illustration in 2000.[1]


The story is set at the observatory of the Empire State Building where a class of school children are on a field trip. The primary character is a boy befriended by a cloud and whisked away to Sector 7, the depot for clouds. There the boy proceeds to produce new blueprints of fantastic shapes for the disgruntled group of young clouds. As the young clouds experiment, they delight in their new forms as ocean creatures.

The adults running the cloud depot are furious when they discover of the young clouds' misbehavior, so escort the boy back to the observatory with his cloud friend. Once the drawings are examined further by the adults they begin to admire the possibilities. As the children return on the school bus, the New York skyline is filled with a profusion of clouds in the shapes of aquarium fish and ocean creatures.

Planned film adaptation[edit]

In May 2000, Nickelodeon Movies beat rivals Pixar in getting the option to a potential film adaptation of Sector 7. Nickelodeon developed it as a film with Darren Aronofsky attached to direct, with Good Machine as co-producers. As of December 2013, the project remains unmade.[2]


  1. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 January 2007.
  2. ^ (May 24, 2000). "Coming Attractions - Sector 7". Archived from the original on April 10, 2001. Retrieved December 10, 2013.