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Ben's Dream Paperback – September 29, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 2nd edition (September 29, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039587470X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395874707
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A marvelous series of double-page black and white pictures meticulously textured with hatching . . . a visual tour de force." Horn Book Guide

"The story idea, so economically carried out in the text, is illustrated in the artist's meticulous drawings, marvels of symbolism, reality, imagination, and perspective." Publishers Weekly

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.


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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 won the 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.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "tpabbott" on December 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
By the author of the well-known Jumanji and The Polar Express, Ben's Dream is full of incredible black and white line drawings. Beginning on a normal after-school afternoon, Ben leaves his reality (in typical Van Allsburg fashion)for far-away adventures visiting the world's major monuments.
Your imagination is required - it's largely a picture book - and will be different and fresh with every visit.
Look closely at every drawing - and don't forget to look for Fritz, the bull-terrier with the dark eye-patch who appears somewhere in most of Van Allsburg's books.
Simple. Fun. Something new to notice every time you read it.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on November 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
From the brilliant author and artist, Chris Van Allsburg, who brought us Jumanji and the Polar Express, comes this delightfully surreal story of the unusual help a boy gets when he's studying for his Geography test about landmarks of the world. There is very little text but the characteristic black and white line drawings of Van Allsburg speak volumes. There are lots of subtle details that make you want to look this book over again and again. The clever Geography lesson is sure to be remembered forever when learned in this fun-filled fashion. It's a great book with Van Allsburg's usual wry little twist at the end. Don't miss it!
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By pirateteacher on July 12, 2014
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Van Allsburg is a genious. I have many of his books and my students absolutely love his stories and the exquisite illustrations.
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I enjoy all of Van Allsburg's books. They always have an interesting perspective twist. This is no exception. If one enjoys any of his books, they'll enjoy this one, as well! :)
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By regoody on May 20, 2013
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The book arrived in pristine condition. I am a big fan of Chris Van Allsburg, and have acquired a library of his work.
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By Marcia Iverson on March 31, 2013
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Exquisite drawings blend the weightiness of stone monuments with the airiness of dreams, and of course, there's a twist at the end. This early van Allsberg is a good way to get hooked.
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