Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg

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On the last page of the Caldecott-winning book Jumanji, young Danny Budwing is seen running after his brother, Walter, with a game tucked under his arm. Now after twenty years, Chris Van Allsburg is ready to reveal what happens when Danny and Walter roll the dice. This time the name of the game is Zathura and the battling Budwing boys are in for the ride of their lives.

Zathura unleashes intergalactic challenges that require even the quarreling Budwing brothers to work as a team.

Zathura hit bestseller lists when it was first published in 2002 and it's sure to visit them again this fall, along with an exciting selection of six movie tie-in editions when Zathura blasts into movie theatres nationwide!
 

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 won the 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 28, 2002 by Houghton Mifflin. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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The “Jumanji” box distracts Walter Budwing away from beating up on his little brother Danny, but it’s Danny who discovers the Zathura board inside—and in no time, Earth is far behind, a meteor has smashed through the roof, and a reptilian Zyborg pirate is crawling through the hole.

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Entertainment Weekly

Unlike Jumanji (or last year's The Polar Express, another Van Allsburg adaptation), Zathura isn't concerned with breaking any new ground in the field of visual effects;

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SF Site

Based on its appearance, the game Zathura predates the invention of the word "astronaut" and predates the use of the word "program" in the sense of giving instructions to a computer, and yet game cards use both words.

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Monsters and Critics

It is based on Chris Can Allsburg\'s novel, which itself is a sequel to his Jumanji book, and continues the story as the two boys are transported through space and time to the planet Zathura where all sort of adventures await.

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Monsters and Critics

It is based on Chris Can Allsburg\'s novel, which itself is a sequel to his Jumanji book, and continues the story as the two boys are transported through space and time to the planet Zathura where all sort of adventures await.

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Slant Magazine

Left alone on a Saturday afternoon by their dad (Robbins), Walter and Danny find themselves engulfed in a cosmic adventure when Danny begins playing the titular board game, a rickety creation of wind-up keys, spinning number counters, and mechanized playing pieces that magically launches their ho...

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Alibi

There, Danny discovers a magical antique board game called “Zathura.” Danny and Walter begin playing the enticing, automated game and--before you can say “Hey, isn't this the same plot to Jumanji?”--are thrust into a space-age fantasy world along with their sullen teenage sister (Kristen Stewart).

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Variety

Its unwieldy title notwithstanding, "Zathura: A Space Adventure" is arguably the best adaptation of a Chris Van Allsburg book to date.

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