For more than twenty-five years, readers have been puzzling over the illustrations by this enigmatic artist. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with his intriguingly titled pictures. And now, some of our most imaginative storytellers attempt to solve the perplexing mysteries of Harris Burdick.
Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to read this incredible compendium of stories: magical, funny, creepy, poignant, inscrutable, these are tales you won’t soon forget.
Filling in for Harris Burdick here is an esteemed collection of highly decorated authors. Among the many accolades bestowed upon this illustrious group include one Pulitzer Prize, five Newbery Medals, three Newbery Honor awards, two Caldecott Medals, one Caldecott Honor award, three National Book Awards, eight National Book Award nominations, one Printz Award, five Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, eight Bram Stoker Awards, five Coretta Scott King Awards, two Hugo Awards, and two O. Henry Awards. They have had an untold number of New York Times bestsellers.
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"The artistry of Chris Van Allsburg combined with 14 brilliant authors ranging from Lois Lowry to Stephen King in this "children's book" (I think anyone would enjoy it) in an attempt to tell the stories Harris Burdick never returned to share. The premise of 14 abandoned illustrations (unusual to say the least) with just a title and caption as the "seed" for each story left the authors with great freedom for creativity that yielded 14 delightfully unique, diverse stories. The only story I found a bit disappointing was Chris Van Allsburg's. It felt like he was reaching to make the story he wanted to tell go with the illustration he was given to work from. The result was a story that did not blend seamlessly with its illustration/title/caption like the others in the collection. But on the whole this set of stories kept me interested from beginning to end. Hopefully Harris Burdick would approve."
Sarah (4 out of 5 stars)