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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chris Van Allsburg Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Christopher Lane, Luke Daniel Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “While the stories are distinct—by turns funny, sinister, and touching—they have much in common, sharing an arch tone, a curious metaphysicality, and some familiar folk-tale tropes, and the authors’ commitment to the original conceit gives the volume additional cohesion.”


  • “This star-studded exercise in creative writing tests the wits of favorite authors and shows readers how even the big shots hone their craft.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Engaging, with strokes of brilliance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The stories embrace a range of styles and subjects, but, like their enigmatic and mysterious inspirations, each touches on the strange, the odd, and the fantastic.”

    Horn Book

  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Literature
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | Book Den | 2/17/2014

    " Odd and delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kate Mowery | 2/17/2014

    " I liked the M.T. Anderson and Stephen King stories best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/15/2014

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dee | 2/6/2014

    " Fourteen different authors write their interpretations of pictures by Harris Burdick, which is a very interesting concept. First of all, I guess I don't engage with short stories that much. It was hard to finish. Though the pictures are very interesting, all authors are not created equal. Some stories were very engaging, some, not so much. My favorite was "The House on Maple Street" by Stephen King. "

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