The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket

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An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.
 
For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we’ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won’t soon forget.
 
This inspired collection of short stories 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.

 

About Chris Van Allsburg

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Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 220 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Linda Sue Park’s “The Harp” deftly directs charming characters in parallel plots to a meshed, triply happy ending, and Lois Lowry dazzles with a sophisticated meditation on “The Seven Chairs,” wherein mid-century Catholicism bows beneath the archetypal (and, perhaps, renascent) rise of women.

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There is Jules Feiffer’s mock-sullen meditation on the life of an aging children’s book author whose excruciatingly chipper characters — Monte the Mouse, Bobo the Boa — come alive not to praise but to bury him (ouch!), and there is Van Allsburg’s own nifty contribution, a tale of two caterpillars...

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Publishers Weekly

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With mostly stimulating, sometimes conventional results, seasoned authors (and Van Allsburg himself) play the game children have for decades, incorporating the sentences and visual cues into new stories (and one old one, Stephen King's "The House on Maple Street") that expand on the original's en...

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The Wall Street Journal

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Rare is the American child who finishes school without at least once being asked to write a story based on one of the eerie, enigmatically captioned illustrations from Chris Van Allsburg's 1984 picture book, "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick."

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Examiner

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg is the wonderful melding of the one-of-a-kind picture book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick with short stories by some of today's premier writers.

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Los Angeles Times

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Now Van Allsburg and Houghton Mifflin have asked 14 notable children's authors — Louis Sachar, Kate DiCamillo and Lois Lowry among them — to provide back stories for these pictures.

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The Bookbag

Meet Harris Burdick - not that many people ever did.

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Teen Reads

The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!In the introduction to THE CHRONICLES OF HARRIS BURDICK, Lemony Snicket asks the question: “Who is Harris Burdick?” He then recaps the story of Burdick’s creations and his “long and strange shadow across the reading world.” In a playful voice, Sn...

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Common Sense Media

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.Find out more Parents need to know that this is a collection of stories by 14 quite different authors, featuring the art of Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express and Jumanji.

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Portland Book Review

The original pictures and captions are reproduced in this lovely edition of the book and each picture is followed by an original short story.

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Shelf Awareness

In this edition of Kids' Maximum Shelf--the monthly Shelf Awareness feature that focuses on an upcoming title that we love and believe will be a great handselling opportunity for booksellers everywhere--we present The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales by Chris Van Al...

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Fiction Writers Review

You can learn more about Harris Burdick at the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt website, and both The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and The Chronicles of Harris Burdick are available at bookstores.

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