The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)
Some 25 years ago, Chris Van Allsburg created The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, a fascinating book that has intrigued young readers, teachers and librarians alike. The book consisted of just 14 full-page, black and white illustrations, each with only a caption and a short sentence to give any clue to Harris Burdicks’s intent; the book has inspired children and young people across the country to write stories about what they thought was happening on the page. Now, Allsburg offers The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, in which he asked authors of young adult books to unleash their imaginations and provide tales for the mystifying pictures — such as “Uninvited Guests,” “The Third-Floor Bedroom,” and “A Strange Day in July.” Readers will find familiar names — Lemony Snicket, Linda Sue Park, Lois Lowry, and Walter Dean Myers — dotting the title page. The original illustrations accompany the authors’ stories. Short author bios are appended.
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Purchase a copy of The Chronicles of Harris Burdick and be sure sure to check out our Chris Van Allsburg page, which includes the exhibition catalog of our 2005 show and of course, the original The Mysteries of Harris Burdick book and portfolio editions.
For more, watch this hilarious trailer for The Chronicles of Harris Burdick featuring fun cameos from Lemony Snicket, Lois Lowry, Louis Sachar, Kate DiCamillo, M.T. Anderson, Linda Sue Park, Gregory Maguire, Jon Scieszka, Water Dean Myers, and of course, a very mysterious Chris Van Allsburg. Whoa.
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