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.


The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

This inspired collection of short stories is based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allsburg 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.

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. One Pulitzer Prize, five Newbery Medals, three Newbery Honors, two Caldecott Medals, one Caldecott Honor, three National Book Awards, seven National Book Award nominations, and five Coretta Scott King Awards, to mention but a few of the prizes this team of authors has won. A new spin on a much-loved children's book.


Simply breath taking ... a collection that does justice to the seductive power of the illustrations themselves Books for Keeps

(Book of the Week) 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

Unpredictable, imaginative and thought-provoking, this is a diverse and suitably mysterious collection Booktrust

Wildly imaginative...a delight Bookbag

Useful as a tool for cross curricular working between Art departments, English departments and the library too. The School Librarian

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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236 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th November 2013




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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.

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