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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
  

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Written by Chris Van Allsburg

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Chris Van Allsburg’s illustrations in The Mysteries of Harris Burdick have inspired readers for more than twenty five years. Now they are interpreted afresh in fourteen vivid stories by award winning US authors including Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg himself. Each uses a different illustration as a starting point and between them they create an extraordinary whole that offers new interpretations of the pictures while still leaving room to wonder.

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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

This inspired collection of short stories is based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allburg in his esteemed and mysterious The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, and features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket and Chris Van Allsburg himself. Van Allsburg's Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick's original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue to compel and pick at the reader's brain for a backstory - a threaded tale behind the image. In this book, we've collected some of the best storytellers to spin them.

Reviews

Fourteen curious, teasing, sometimes humorous and sometimes dark stories . . . create an extraordinary whole that offers new interpretations of the pictures while still leaving room to wonder. -- Julia Eccleshare * Guardian * A beautifully produced, compelling book. -- NIcolette Jones * Sunday Times, Book of the Week * Each contribution has its own telltale flavor of menace, leaving readers to discover their favourites...In life, it seems, as in this beguiling book, no one ever really gets the last word. * New York Times (Editor's Choice) * Fascinating -- Daniel Hahn * Independent on Sunday, Best Books of the Year * Van Allsburg's haunting and evocative monochrome illustrations provide starting points for the appropriately eerie, often macbre narratives. * Irish Times * Simply breath taking . . . a collection that does justice to the seductive power of the illustrations themselves * Books for Keeps (Book of the Week) * A true celebration of story telling. At times humourous, occasionally spine-tingling and often unpredictable, this book is a gift for anyone who loves a good story. * The Bookseller * Unpredictable, imaginative and thought-provoking, this is a diverse and suitably mysterious collection * Booktrust * Eerie and wonderful. Strange and unpredictable. * School Library Journal * Engaging with strokes of brilliance. * Kirkus * Funny, sinister, and touching...This collection promises to inspire many more children to revisit Van Allsburg's striking scenes. * Booklist * Strange...odd...fantastic. There's not a bad story in the bunch. * Horn Book *

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist, who first won the Caldecott Medal for Jumanji and then won it again for Polar Express.

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Format

Hardback
236 pages

Author

Chris Van Allsburg
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th April 2012

ISBN

9781783446285

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Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

Publisher's Website

www.andersenpress.co.uk


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