The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

14 Amazing Authors Tell the Tales

Book - 2011
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Renowned storytellers share tales inspired by the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick," including Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Stephen King, and Jon Scieszka.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2011.
ISBN: 9780547548104
Branch Call Number: CHR
Characteristics: v, 195 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Van Allsburg, Chris - Illustrator

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Jun 19, 2012

Hollywood206 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 19, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 19, 2012

Maybe the kids will read these stories on their own, think to themselves “I can do better than that!”, and be inspired to write their own versions as well. Hey, stranger things have happened. Above and beyond all of that, however, this is just a really good collection of stories for kids. Eerie and wonderful. Strange and unpredictable. You may not love every story in here, but the ones you do care for will burn strong and bright in your memory, long after the weaker ones have faded. If I were to recommend to you one short story collection to kids published in the last ten years, this would be the one I’d hand over.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 19, 2012

Fourteen authors. Thirteen stories. One introduction by Lemony Snicket. Each author takes an image from Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harries Burdick and writes a short story about that image. The results are as varied as can be. Jon Scieszka seemingly channels Roald Dahl with his satisfyingly short “Under the Rug”. Stephen King, in contrast, presents the longest story with “The House on Maple Street”, though it is no less satisfying. Kids reading this book will find droll writing from Linda Sue Park, a Truman Show-esque tale of caution from M.T. Anderson, and a true epic fantasy from Cory Doctorow. By the end some authors have successfully plugged into the Van Allsburg mindset while others have struggled, but while the stories might be touch and go, they are never, ever dull.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD May 19, 2012

"The fifth one ended up in France."

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