The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

by Chris Van Allsburg

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 24, 1984 | Picture Books

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is rated 5 out of 5 by 6.
Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.75 × 9 × 0.13 in

Published: September 24, 1984

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0395353939

ISBN - 13: 9780395353936

Found in: Drawing, Drawing, Drawing
Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is the most beautifully illustrated book I have ever seen. Were it not for the fact that destroying books breaks my heart I would cut the pictures out and frame them on my walls. I could stare at the drawings for hours on end. Excellent!
Date published: 2006-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ? I was first introduced to this book in grade 5, and like cai, we had to use it as a story starter. Over the years, i have still remembered the picture i used- the one with the boy and dog, looking at the harp. This is a book that you won't likely forget once you see it.
Date published: 2003-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mysteries of Harris Burdwick I had never heard of this book untill 2 weeks ago when my library teacher showed it to us. I was amased by the illustrations. The library teacher read it to us 2 times. After each page she asked us where we thought the caption should go (the beggining of the story the middle or the end). It was exciting guessing the place it would go. It was also fun to hear my classmates guesses. When I came to Chapters I looked for the book first thing.
Date published: 2002-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Book My grade six teacher showed us this book, and my imagination was full of wonderful ideas and images. I enjyed studying the pictures trying to figure out what the stories were about. I recommend this book to anyone of any age who has a vivid imagination and loves to write stories.
Date published: 2001-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just any 'picture book' I was introduced to this book in grade five, by our teacher. The pictures in this book just let your imagination soar, and transport you to a new world. Our teacher would give us a picture, along with the caption, and we had to use it as a story starter. This book is not just for little kids, it is for everyone. I am now in grade seven and i still enjoy looking through this book and letting my imagination soar.
Date published: 2001-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Illustrations I remember vividly the first time I saw the book and that was years ago when I was in Grade 2. The funny thing is, this book is mainly composed of wonderful illustrations, a title for each, and a small caption. From flying houses, to things under the rug, my imagination soared from these illustrations. Long after having read the book, it still is one of my favourite kids books.
Date published: 2000-08-10

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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

by Chris Van Allsburg

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.75 × 9 × 0.13 in

Published: September 24, 1984

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0395353939

ISBN - 13: 9780395353936

About the Book

Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, allow readers to make up their own stories to complement the pictures. From the award-winning author/illustrator of many wonderful books, including "Jumanji" and "The Polar Express."

From the Publisher

Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story.

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 was nominated for a 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.

From Our Editors

 

Beautiful and strange, with all the qualities of a most fascinating dream, Chris Van Allsburg’s most distinctive picture book offers those who open its covers a chance to soar in the imagination — and delve into a delightfully strange mystery. Based on the premise that the man who had written the story vanished without trace, leaving only 14 pictures with the publisher, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick begins with a conundrum and ends any way the reader chooses. With captions and titles serving as the only text, this black-and-white masterpiece allows children free rein to interpret the images, while challenging them to draw the scenarios together in some cohesive form. Above all else, this award-winning picture book contains startling, lovely drawings that show the artist’s craft to perfection.

Editorial Reviews

"Layered in mystery, this extraordinary book will stun imaginative readers of all ages." School Library Journal, Starred

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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