Author(s): 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. 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.
We've all come up with our own stories to the mysterious illustrations of Harris Burdick, but now some of the world's greatest storytellers have had a go!
"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
Chris is the winner of three Caldecott Medals, for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, Jumanji and The Polar Express, and was the recipient of the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Additionally, he received the Boston Globe Honor for The Polar Express as well as The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Chris has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist.