The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales by Chris Van Allsburg

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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales Read Online Free - 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.

Title : The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: 14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales
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ISBN : 0547548109
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 210 pages


Betsy rated it ★★★★☆

June 17, 2011

Chris Van Allsburg has always been the Rod Serling of the children’s literary world. Of that there can be no question. With no other author, not Gorey, not Snicket, not even R.L. Stine himself, will kids encounter that eerie feeling that can only be best associated with classic Twilight Zone epis...

Crowinator rated it ★★★☆☆

December 13, 2011

Actual rating: 3.5 stars. The best stories in this collection have a sense of possibility, of capturing a moment at the beginning or in the middle of a much larger tale, inviting the reader to continue off the page with their own imagination. Those are also the stories that, for me, capture the s...

The Rusty Key rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 12, 2012

Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. Nielsen Recommended for: Children (?) ages 10 and up for independent reading, or 7 and up if being read to (get ready to explain a lot of abstract metaphysical concepts to little Tommy), though I suspect this book will find its largest audience among those o...

Kate rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2011

One of my favorite children's books of all time is The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. I was so excited to find a story by Stephen King based on one of the illustrations in Nightmares and Dreamscapes, so I was 14x excited to find that a whole book of short stories based on the...

Jessie rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 04, 2012

When I was a young child, I wrote a letter to the publisher of The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, offering my theories on what might have happened to the author. I was such a cute, precocious little nerd. Now as an adult I can obviously tell who really illustrated that book, but it's still much bel...

Wendy rated it ★★★☆☆

March 23, 2013

I CAN'T WAIT to read this series of stories! I have LOVED the Harris Burdick book for use to spawn creative writing from my elementary students! I am intrigued to read what famous authors had to say! Yippee! It is about time! ;-) So, in reading all of the different stories from each illustration,...

Agnė rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 07, 2016

2.5 out of 5 I just HAD to read this short story collection after reading its source of inspiration, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Eh, I guess my expectations were too high... Hey, but look at the impressive author list! It DOES sound too good to be true, haha My favorite piece was Lemony Snicket...

Tyler rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2013

Allright! One book and I get to pass judgement on fourteen writers! Here goes: Linda Sue Park 4.8 stars Really fantastic. Intricate, interweaving of story lines with a great "hook". Hard to believe a story this nearly perfect was written as an excercise. Amazing. M. T. Anderson 4.7 stars Very nearly...

Mary rated it ★★★☆☆

February 07, 2012

More like 3.8 stars... I'd "read" the original book by Chris van Allsburg years ago, and was really excited to see that some of my favorite authors had written stories to go along with the fabulous illustrations. Some of the stories were great: Another Place, Another Time by Cory Doctorow about pa...

-k The Lady Critic rated it ★★★★☆

March 21, 2011

When I was in grade 5 or 6 (some time in the late ‘90s) my teacher decided that we were going to do a literary unit on Chris Van Allsburg. The weeks that followed had us reading Jumanji, The Z was Zapped, The Polar Express, and every other Van Allsburg book that we had available in our school lib...

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