The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales

Book - 2011
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Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
ISBN: 9780547548104
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Chronicles 2011
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 26 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 8.0 146840


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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.

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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