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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: Christopher Lane, Luke Daniels, Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781455839506
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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.”

    Booklist

  • “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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/28/2014

    " The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is an interesting, different book. Supposedly, Harris Burdick left a collection of illustrations with captions and promised stories to go along with them. He disappeared forever with his stories. Several of the best writers for children and teens took up the challenge of writing stories to fit the illustrations. This book contains stories by Chris Van Allsburg, MT Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Stephen King and more. As I was reading this I kept thinking of the old Twilight Zone episodes. Each of these stories is a little off, a tad bit strange or downright weird just like The Twilight Zone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bea Bolinger | 1/25/2014

    " I have a very vivid memory of my mom bringing the original picture book home from the library when I was a kid. This collection of 14 short stories by leading young adult and popular fiction writers was fun although some stories were more interesting than others. I'm really glad Lemony Snicket (who I love) only wrote the introduction and I think it's funny that Stephen King - who is sometimes criticized for being too long winded - had by far the longest story in here. My favorite story was MT Anderson's and I won't tell you why, you'll just have to read it for yourself (if you really exist that is :) I think I'll stick to the original picture book and encourage young readers to make up their own stories for the pictures and captions but this was still fun and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mia Balsamo | 1/15/2014

    " I have never enjoyed short stories very much because to me they are just that--short. I would rather read a longer book where I can form a real relationship with the characters. With that being said I gave this short story three stars out of five. The part of the story that resonated most with me was my feelings toward Gilbert. I had strong feelings of sadness for him because he was orphaned at such a young age. I loved how the story revolved around time. Time was marked by he had schooling, when his father came home, when his mother died, by the size of his feet, by the wrinkles in the housekeepers face, but time was never kept by a watch. When he tried to keep track of time by a watch is when everything changed. I think it gave a great perspective on how time can move in different ways, and it is much more than just time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/14/2014

    " 14 odd little short stories, though not all were created equal. Some I didn't care for, a handful left me wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 12/22/2013

    " Some real gems in here. It was such a pleasure reading their interpretations of illustrations I've adored for years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 12/6/2013

    " What a great addition to the original book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moni | 11/25/2013

    " The original was much more mysterious, but I still love the creativity and innovation of this short story collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Traci | 8/14/2013

    " I love that authors wrote stories about the illustrations that Chris Van Allsburg drew for his other book. I love his artwork. Its amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ISLN (Int'l School Library Network) Singapore | 6/12/2013

    " Famous authors offer stories inspired by the famous "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" illustrations. (USA) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ying | 12/30/2012

    " Every picture an unexpectedly delightful story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolores | 8/20/2012

    " As with all short story books, this is a mixed bag. Some of the stories are good, some are excellent, and some are weird. But, all are inspired by incredible illustrations. The pictures inspire the reader to create their own stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JennLynn | 4/27/2012

    " A creative collection of short stories by some of chidrens'/young adults' finest authors. They are based on 14 quirky illustrations and quotes. B- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexandria | 1/11/2012

    " It was okay, but clearly not one of my more favorites "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laneika Cason | 11/17/2011

    " N1. Although this was not the best short story that I have read, neither was it the worse. Maybe this is due to my age but I'm sure my 11 year old would find it interesting due to the curosity of Gilbert and the adventure of the handcar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/3/2011

    " Is an anthology eligible to win the Newbery? Chronicles should be considered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Moni | 11/2/2011

    " The original was much more mysterious, but I still love the creativity and innovation of this short story collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/30/2011

    " An outstanding collection of images and short stories by some of the best writers. Lemonity Snicket's intro was pretty rocking as well. Gift worthy (hint, hint). Recommended Age Level: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 10/29/2011

    " I can't wait to get started on this one but I am holding off until I join my students this week for "independent reading" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 7/6/2011

    " Like all story collections, some pieces are fabulous and others instantly forgettable. What is particularly interesting is to see how these well-known authors interpret an image and single line. This collection will hopefully continue to prompt readers to create their own interpretations. "

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About the Author
Author Chris Van AllsburgChris 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.
About the Narrators

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.

Luke Daniels is a narrator whose many audiobook credits range from action and suspense to young-adult fiction, including works by Philip Roth and John Updike. He has been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 and 2014 and has earned thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actor, he has performed at various repertory theaters around the country, with an emphasis on Shakespeare.

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.