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Chris Van Allsburg - Author

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Books by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Late one Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring. Liam Neeson's gravitas lends the story just the right sense of magic and possibility in the book and CD edition.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2020

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring. Magical glowing double spread pictures . . . an original and memorable book. - Guardian Evocative, realist pastels and atmospheric text. - Sunday Times A thrilling tale. - Independent

The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring. Magical glowing double spread pictures . . . an original and memorable book. - Guardian Evocative, realist pastels and atmospheric text. - Sunday Times A thrilling tale. - Independent

Queen of the Falls

Queen of the Falls

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

Sixty-two year old widow Annie Taylor runs a charm school, right by Niagara Falls. When this starts to fail, she resolves to find fame and fortune by being the first person ever to go over the thundering waters of Niagara Falls in a barrel. Readers of all ages will warm to this inspiring story of bravery, as they take the roller coaster ride of a lifetime over the falls.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

This inspired collection of short stories is based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allsburg in his much-loved picture book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, and features many remarkable best-selling authors from the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Stephen King, Lemony Snicket, Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka and Chris Van Allsburg himself.

Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition)

Widow's Broom (25th Anniversary Edition)

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2018

Some of Minna Shaw's neighbours don't trust her clever broom. 'It's dangerous,' they say. But Minna appreciates the broom's help. She enjoys its quiet company. But one day two children get taught a well-deserved lesson by the broom. For her neighbours, this is proof of the broom's evil spirit. Minna is obligated to give up her dear companion. Chris Van Allsburg, master of the mysterious, brings this tale to life with moody and memorable pictures that will haunt readers long after the book's covers are closed - now in a new edition to celebrate this beloved book's twenty-fifth anniversary.

The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2018

Sweetie Pie the hamster is so excited to leave the pet shop with his new owner. In the great outdoors he feels the wind in his fur and experiences its wonderful sights and smells for the very first time. But soon he is stuck back inside, living a cage-bound life controlled by the whims of his awful owners. As Sweetie Pie looks longingly out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he will ever get the chance to answer the call of the wild... Inspired by his daughters' two pet hamsters, Chris Van Allsburg tells the heart-warming story of a little animal, trying to find his place in the big wide world.

Jumanji

Jumanji

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peter and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizzare adventure of their lives. Bestselling Polar Express creator and Caldecott Medal winning Chris Van Allsburg explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startlingly to life.

The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2015

Sweetie Pie, the hamster, is so excited to leave the pet shop with his new owner. In the great outdoors he feels the wind in his fur and experiences its wonderful sights and smells for the very first time. But soon he is stuck back inside, living a cage-bound life controlled by the whims of his awful owners. As Sweetie Pie looks longingly out of his cage at the squirrels frolicking in the trees, he wonders if he will ever get the chance to answer the call of the wild... Inspired by his daughters' two pet hamsters, Chris Van Allsburg tells the heart-warming story of a little animal, trying to find his place in the big wide world.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2013

This inspired collection of short stories is based on the original illustrations of Chris Van Allsburg in his esteemed and mysterious The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, and 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.

The Wreck of the Zephyr

The Wreck of the Zephyr

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2013

At the edge of a cliff lies the wreck of a small sailboat. How did it get there? Waves carried it up in a storm, says an old sailor. But is it possible that waves could ever go that high? There is another story -- the story of a boy and his desire to be the greatest sailor, the story of a storm that carried the boy and his boat to a place where boats glide like gulls high above the water.

Jumanji

Jumanji

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/12/2011

A 30th anniversary gift edition to celebrate Jumanji's 1982 Caldecott Award! Over thirty years ago, Peter and Judy first found the game-Jumanji-with the instructions that once the game is started, it must be finished or it will go on forever-and it was then, with this same wonderment, readers found Jumanji, too. Since its original publication, Jumanji has been honored with many awards, including the Caldecott Medal, and in 1996, the surreal story was adapted to fit the big screen for the first time.

Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2011

For more than twenty-five years, readers have been puzzling over the illustrations by this enigmatic artist. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with his intriguingly titled pictures. And now, some of our most imaginative storytellers attempt to solve the perplexing mysteries of Harris Burdick.Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to read this incredible compendium of stories: magical, funny, creepy, poignant, inscrutable, these are tales you wont soon forget.Filling in for Harris Burdick here is an esteemed collection of highly decorated authors. Among the many accolades bestowed upon this illustrious group include one Pulitzer Prize, five Newbery Medals, three Newbery Honor awards, two Caldecott Medals, one Caldecott Honor award, three National Book Awards, eight National Book Award nominations, one Printz Award, five Boston GlobeHorn Book Awards, eight Bram Stoker Awards, five Coretta Scott King Awards, two Hugo Awards, and two O. Henry Awards. They have had an untold number of New York Times bestsellers.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

His disappearance is not the only mystery left behind. What were the stories that went with these drawings? There are some clues... Who is Harris Burdick? Where did he disappear to? And how was he going to finish his stories? Chris Van Allsburg presents a series of loosely related drawings each accompanied by a title and a caption which the reader may use to make up his or her own story.

Two Bad Ants

Two Bad Ants

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/1988

Mysteries of Harris Burdick Portfolio

Mysteries of Harris Burdick Portfolio

Author: Chris Van Allsburg Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/1984