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Jumanji [Kindle Edition]

Chris Van Allsburg
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters 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 bizare adventure of their lives.
In his second book for children, Chris Van Allsburg again explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startingly to life.
His marvelous drawings beautifully convey a mix of the everyday and the extraordinary, as a quiet house is taken over by an exotic jungle.

Editorial Reviews Review

When Judy and Peter find a board game in the park, they take it home, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. Their jungle adventure game has come to life! Chris Van Allsburg is a master at walking the line between fantasy and reality. His unusually sculptured drawings (familiar to the many devoted fans of the Caldecott-winning The Polar Express and The Garden of Abdul Gasazi) convey the magical transition of a normal house to an exotic jungle. Readers will tremble along with Judy and Peter, urging them to roll the dice that will plunge them from one perilous predicament into another. Jumanji, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and winner of the 1982 Caldecott Medal, is sure to amaze and thrill even the most jaded young reader. (Ages 9 to 12)


"A beautiful simplicity of design, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." New York Times "A potent vision that lingers on and on" Booklist, starred review "Illustrated by fabulously realistic drawings of surreal adventures, pictures that are so infinitely detailed in three dimensions that they appear to move, breathe, and make sounds." Publishers Weekly "The illustrations are first class precise draughtsmanship with extraordinary imagery" The School Librarian

Product Details

  • File Size: 1805 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 30 Rei/Com edition (September 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006M7O9KM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jungle fever July 9, 2004
Chris Van Allsburg used to be my favorite picture book artist, and in many ways he remains so to this day. And it's books like, "Jumanji" that remind me why I love his work as strongly as I do. For some reason, Van Allsburg's picture books are so popular and so evocative that they are continually adapted into full screen motion pictures. "Polar Express" has just been turned into a computer animated extravaganza, and "Jumanji" was a Robin Williams vehicle once. Just the same, nothing compares to the original tale. Using his uber-realistic illustrations to highlight how incredibly bizarre the storyline is, this book is fully worthy of the 1982 Caldecott Medal it was awarded.

Peter and Judy have been left home alone by their opera going parents and boy are they boredy bored bored. After playing with their toys and making a mess they decide to take a run to the park. Once there, they discover an abandoned board game called Jumanji sitting beneath a tree. On a note taped to the bottom of the box read the words, "Free game, fun for some but not for all. P.S. Read instructions carefully". The kids don't know what to expect but they take the game with them anyway. After reading the instructions they find that once a person begins Jumanji they cannot stop until someone has won the game. The first roll of the die leads to a space that reads, "Lion attacks, move back two spaces". Suddenly there's a real live lion in the room, and it's regarding Peter hungrily. The kids realize, to their horror, that whatever happens on the board happens in real life. If they want to finish the game (and remain alive) they're going to have to continue.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumanji March 31, 2001
When two children are left home alone for the afternoon, they find a mysterious board game named "Jumanji: A Jungle Adventure" in the forest. As they begin to play, Peter lands on a spot marked "Lion attacks, move back two spaces." Judy has a look of horror on her face, when a real lion appears in the living room! Peter quickly manages to get the lion locked up in the bedroom. Judy then lands on "monkeys steal food" and finds live monkeys tearing apart the family's kitchen. The children go on to face other dangerous obstacles, including a rhinoceros stampede, during the course of the game. Read to find out if their adventure ever ends before the children's parents arrive home to a disaster!
Van Allsburg won a Caldecott Medal for this wonderful story. The illustrations are done in grays with shading. The pictures of people, animals, and the setting are very realistic. Most of the pictures are at eye level, so the reader feels like he or she is in the house along with the characters. The story itself is so colorful and adventurous that the black and white pictures complement the mystical aspects of this fantastic story!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumanji May 20, 2004
A Kid's Review
Have there ever been monkeys jumping around in your kitchen, or a lion destroying your bedroom, with a huge volcano irrupting in your house? Was there ever a large stampede of rhinos running crazy in your living room? Well that is what happens to Judy and Peter in the sensational book, Jamanji. When they were both left home alone, Judy and Peter got really bored. They decide to take a stroll in the park. On their way to the park, they discover a game named "Jamanji" sitting under a tree. They take it home and immediately start to play. All of the sudden, the creatures from the game came to life, in their very own house! How will Peter and Judy get this jungle cleaned up before their parents come home? Will they clean up in time? This book is a great mystery for kids' ages 4 to12. It has a great plot and brings wonderful excitement to the reader. Each topic makes you eager to read more and find out the result of the mystery.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Childhood Memory August 8, 2005
By Nadux
Jumanji is a great book! I am 23 years old now and I still remember the day my 2nd grade teacher read Jumanji to my class. I was hanging on her every word and the illustrations were absolutley amazing. This was in the year 1987 and up to that point I had never seen pictures so vividly and immaculately rendered. Jumanji was unlike any other book that I had read because it was fun, exciting, adventurous, and also eerie which added to the intrigue. I was very disappointed by the movie interpretation of it, because it's nothing like the real thing.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy with caution - not what I was wanting June 8, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For summer reading requirements, my son has to read 4 books by Chris Van Allsburg. This book is NOT the book by the original author. It is a NOVELIZATION based on a SCREENPLAY based on a SCREEN STORY which is based on the original book. This is not explained in the description.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary March 28, 2004
I am a Van Allsburg fan but this book, though very good, is not one of my favorites. Some young children may be frightened by the illustrations. It is a good way to expose children to the fantasy genre if you feel they will not be upset by the illustrations or plot. Check out The Sweetest Fig if you are a Van Allsburg fan.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIONS, MONKEYS, AND, RHINOS, OH MY! February 20, 2000
By A Customer
In Jumangi, Chris Van Allsburg details the story of Peter and Judy's afternoon. Through his words and pictures, he describes their eventful afternoon. On a boring afternoon, these two siblings are left alone. Before their parents leave, the two children are warned not to disorganize the house. However, once the children find an interesting board game, their once boring and uneventful afternoon becomes full of action and a bit of chaos. In this picture book, the author, who is also the illustrator uses black and white illustrations that are full of depth. Through his descriptive words and pictures, one can clearly witness the children's afternoon. The simple, yet detailed illustrations add to the characters, sets the setting, and mood. Jumanji's award winning illustrations are unique and add to the concept of fantasy in the book. Many children will enjoy this story or anyone who has experienced a boring afternoon or played an imaginative board game. The book may be slightly scary for younger children, but will encompass the attention of older readers. This book takes the reader along with the children on a wonderful adventure. JUMANJI!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Chris Van Allsburg!
Published 8 days ago by Senor Bueno
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My daughter loves this book.
Published 19 days ago by Debbie Swearer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh plot.
Great story, great illustrations, still... having seen the movie first I was expecting a much longer story. Overall it's a great kids book.
Published 1 month ago by MagicSlippers
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle
I chose my ranking of Jumanji because it's filled with excitement!!!!!!!
I liked the ending though. That's why I chose my ranking
Published 1 month ago by Fr. John Kouki
5.0 out of 5 stars Love!!
Such a great classic. My 7, 8 and 11 yr old love it.
Published 2 months ago by LinC
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Carol A. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Every kid should know this story.
I bought this for my daughter to introduce her to Jumanji a favorite of mine growing up. The extra bonus was an audio CD with the late Robin Williams narrating the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lakegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
My daughter loved the movie, so she was very excited to get this book. It's a classic!
Published 3 months ago by Amberizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures and a great story for imaginative youngsters
Beautiful pictures and a great story for imaginative youngsters. I bought this after watching Jumanji with my young grandkids, and they want me to read it over and over.
Published 3 months ago by Jacqueline Waterfall
5.0 out of 5 stars Caldecott winner for a reason- still in print for a reason
Each year we pick a book to dedicate to our son for Christmas, this year he was 5 and we selected Jumanji. This is a marvelous children's book full of imagination and adventure. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Callie Watts Dollar
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More 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 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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