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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Hardcover – September 24, 1984
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Few books for small children actively encourage you to read a long wordy Introduction to them first. This is one of the few. Before we see any of the pictures we are told a tale of one Mr. Wenders and one Mr. Burdick. Mr. Wenders was once a children's book publisher. As he was sitting in his office one day a Mr. Harris Burdick arrived with fourteen illustrations. It seems that Mr. Burdick had written fourteen stories and he had brought an illustration from each of these for the perusal of Mr. Wenders. After dropping off the pictures (each with its own title and line from the book it belonged to) he left and was never seen again. This book is a presentation of those mysterious images, all suggesting that they belong to magical stories of their own. The introductory story, I should probably point out, is utterly false. But it gives some nice context to the images that follow and hopefully kids will still dig them.Read more ›
Chris Van Allsburg, known to me as the author/illustrator of Jumanji and The Polar Express, outdoes himself in this book. It is a book to get the mind thinking, especially for children. Each illustration has a caption that is supposed to get the mind thinking. A child cannot read this book without formulating a story, perhaps unconsciously, in his mind.
Chris Van Allsburg is a wonderful artist. Each illustration, done in only simple black and white, is so breathtaking that I could stare at them time and again and be amazed at the detail, the realness. The sentence-long captions that go along with each picture even today cause me to dream up a story. It is a terrific book to get a child interested in writing. :)
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It's a terrific book, five stars for the book! But my copy arrived with a rip on the cover, and there wasn't another place to provide that feedback to Amazon unless I wanted to... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jesse Davis
My 5th graders use these pictures to write their own stories with the first line. I love seeing where they go in their writing and how they use their imagination. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Smith
I first heard about this book when I was listening to the audio book version of Stephen Kings Nightmares & Dreamscapes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Zachary T
On of the best books I have as a teacher. The pictures are so detailed and incredible that they make excellent story starts for creative writing.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book for my classroom. Great price, fast shipping and in wonderful condition.Published 3 months ago by Helen