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Bad Day at Riverbend Hardcover – October 30, 1995
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One past reviewer said this was not Chris Van Allsburg's typical illustration. There IS no typical Van Allsburg illustration. All of his books are totally unique. You will not find a copycat book in his whole award winning collection.
The whole point of this delightful books is that it mirrors a child's coloring book. The opening pages are uncolored and shows the typical western town with the peaceful citizens living their quiet daily lives with the usual sheriff in attendance to round up the bad guys. Suddenly a horse and rider pull into town. Hanging from the horse are greasy colored strips hanging from him. The rider was in the same terrible condition. He looked awful. The rider tells the sheriff that he was riding along minding his own business, when suddenly there came a sudden bright light and then he was attacked. The sheriff knows he must act at once to save the town from this terrible unknown threat. I won't tell you the ending.
If you are reading this book in a bookstore, be prepared for people to stare as you double over with tears streaming down your face.
Adults will tune in right away to what's going on, but what fun to see understanding dawn on a child's face when they realize where the light and color are coming from--it's positively magical to watch.
Van Allsburg employs his usual stellar artistic talent in an unusual way here, and the end result is captivating. There is a sense of unease here, a discomfiting sense of mystery that pervades all Van Allsburg's work, and it works wonderfully well here to heighten the sense of suspense. Much to be admired!
I loved this book. this was by far my favorite chris van alsburg book ever, because its got the most irony of all of his books and is so well put together. he has such a great style with his writing and illustrations. I particualariy liked the part where they show the kids hand coloring in the sheriff. All young readers will enjoy this book, and older readers might just get a kick out of it too. enjoy.
In fact, it's almost entirely in black and white, except for a few scribbles of color that look as though they had been drawn there in crayon by a careless child, so surely it's a coloring book, right?
But, um, no, it's not.
It's actually a creepy (albeit funny) story about a sheriff dedicated to keeping his town safe as a strange new phenomenon enters his world: big streaks of something strange and greasy that trap and cripple people and animals. The streaks are like nothing he has seen before, although we can recognize them at once: they are crayon marks in a coloring book.
The sheriff never does learn the true nature of his world. That's probably for the best, since there is nothing to be gained by his learning just how limited and insignificant and vulnerable he and his people are. That's a Lovecraftian moral that would be missed by most children, and would probably distress those who get it.
Go ahead and read this book. Read it to your children, even. Just be ready for the possibility that you may overhear your child scribbling in a coloring book, narrating a terrifying fate for the people depicted in it.
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A great addition to my child's Van Allsburg library and on par with his earlier works.Published 5 months ago by Tracie A Stackhouse
It took me quite a while to think of the correct search term to even bring this book up, but I remember my aunt who bought this book years ago just because it was awesome, and then... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Daniel Powell
What a pop! of creativity. My son, a middle schooler and a very visual person, loves this library book. Read morePublished on September 7, 2013 by M. Heiss
I bought this book for my classroom of 5th graders. I don't show them the front cover or any of the pictures. I read it and have the kids practice visualizing. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by Ali
This book is awesome. Chris Van Allsburg is a literary genius. My students love his stories as there is always an unexpected twist to them.Published on July 13, 2013 by JMP
This is one of the most creative children's books my family has stumbled upon. It had myself, my 7-year-old daughter, and my 4-year-old son baffled at first and then in stitches. Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by Redbean
Overall, this is not Allsburg's best work, but it might entertain some. I found it unique and intriguing, but the drawing wasn't the masterful artwork I was expecting (but you do... Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by HonestyisHonorable