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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by…

by Chris Van Allsburg

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | October 25, 2011 | Picture Books

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket is rated 5 out of 5 by 11.

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.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 208 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.88 in

Published: October 25, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547548109

ISBN - 13: 9780547548104

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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by…

by Chris Van Allsburg

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 208 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.88 in

Published: October 25, 2011

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547548109

ISBN - 13: 9780547548104

About the Book

An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of bestselling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Van Allsburg's "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick." Contributors include Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, and Stephen King. Illustrations.

Read from the Book

AN INTRODUCTION BY LEMONY SNICKET Is there any author more mysterious than Harris Burdick? Modesty prevents me from answering this rhetorical question, but the fact remains that Harris Burdick has cast a long and strange shadow across the reading world, not unlike a man, lit by the moon, hiding in the branches of a tree, staring through a window and holding a rare and sinister object, who cast a long and strange shadow across your bedroom wall just last night. The story of Harris Burdick is a story everybody knows, though there is hardly anything to be known about him. More than twenty-five years ago, a man named Peter Wenders was visited by a stranger who introduced himself as Harris Burdick and who left behind fourteen fascinating drawings with equally if not more fascinating captions, promising to return the next day with more illustrations and the stories to match. Mr. Wenders never saw him again, and for years readers have pored breathlessly over Mr. Burdick''s oeuvre, a phrase that here means "looked at the drawings, read the captions, and tried to think what the stories might be like." The result has been an enormous collection of stories, produced by readers all over the globe, imagining worlds of which Mr. Burdick gave us only a glimpse. I always had a theory regarding Mr. Burdick''s disappearance, however, that I have lacked the courage to share until today. It seemed to me that the mysterious author was hiding-but not in the places people usually hide, such as unde
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Chris 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. Sherman Alexie is the author of several novels and collections of short fiction including the National Book Award Winner The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007) and War Dances , winner of the 2010 PEN / Faulkner Award for Fiction. Alexie lives with his wife and two sons in Seattle, and has published 14 books of poetry and short stories about life on a contemporary Indian reservation, and Indian-white relationships. M. T. Anderson is the author of The Game of Sunken Places , Burger Wuss , Thirsty , and Feed , which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and the winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Anderson also received the Printz Honor and the National Book Award for Octavian Nothing. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Kate DiCamillo is the author of The Magician''s Elephant , a New York Times bestseller; The Tale of Despe
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Editorial Reviews

"Engaging, with strokes of brilliance"-Kirkus

"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

"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."-The Horn Book Magazine

"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