The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales

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An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.
 
For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we’ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won’t soon forget.
 
This inspired collection of short stories 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.

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Renowned storytellers share tales inspired by the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick," including Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Stephen King, and Jon Scieszka.

Baker
& Taylor

Best-selling storytellers share tales inspired by the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, in a volume that includes contributions by such writers as Kate DiCamillo, Stephen King and Jon Scieszka. 250,000 first printing. $300,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547548104
0547548109
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Chronicles 2011
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 26 cm

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OLATHEAllisonB Jul 26, 2017

In this short story collection, a star-studded group of writers, many with very recognizable names, unlock the stories hidden in Chris Van Allsburg's magnificent sepia-toned drawings. A few of the stories read like the writers are straining to write for a younger audience, but the majority flow naturally from the image that precedes them. Though you may find the book in the Young Adult (YA) section, don't be fooled - these stories are just as enjoyable for adults as they are for younger readers. In fact, you may find the stirrings of a story conjure up in your mind as you view the drawings and read the accompanying stories - I sure did. My favorite stories were Sherman Alexie's "A Strange Day in July," Kate DiCamillo's "The Third-Floor Bedroom," and Stephen King's "The House on Maple Street." All in all, this collection is a pleasant and engaging read for anyone who likes to view interesting images and consider the story behind them.

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Dec 13, 2011

Since it was first published in 1984, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg has been inspiring people to write stories. The original introduction tells of Harris Burdick, a man who left his artwork with a publisher and walked out the door?never to return again. The fourteen fascinating illustrations and their even-more fascinating captions remain to motivate writers all around the world. Now, twenty-seven years later, the best and brightest of children?s and young adult literature contribute their stories to the Harris Burdick oeuvre. On October 25th, readers young and old can read Lois Lowry?s story about the nun flying through the cathedral whilst seated primly in a wooden chair, Stephen King?s tale about the blast-off house, and Chris Van Allsburg?s own version of the girl and her caterpillars. By turns creepy, cute, and comical, this new batch of stories will inspire Harris Burdick fans all over again.

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