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The Stranger Hardcover – October 28, 1986
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"The author-illustrator has woven a thread of fantasy in and around his realistic illustrations to give the reader, once again, a story that stays in the imagination." Horn Book Guide
Top Customer Reviews
The illustrations are, as usual, stellar van Allsburg stuff. The cover portrait especially, of the stranger being served soup by Farmer Bailey's wife, is very nearly hypnotic. The stranger's face is suffused with a mixture of fear and wonderment, and you find yourself thinking, "Is it the soup that fascinates him? The tureen across the table? The farmer's wife?" It really gets you thinking.
I can't help noticing, either. The calendar says fall but summer goes on and on; ninety degree days, sweltering humidity, afternoon thunderstorms. The celestial clock that governs these things seems to have stopped.
I have loved Van Allsburg's The Stranger since I first read it to my own children years ago. The illustrations are just as thrilling and mysterious to me now as they were then. When the stranger gently blows across a spoonful of soup, Mrs. Bailey shivers.
I do too.
The people in the story have very different personalities through out the story. There are many different mood for every character for every part of the story. The stranger loves the family he meets very much.
In this story he uses clues and mystery words to help you figure out who he is. He starts out his storys with pictures and clues to write his storys. He writes many different books. I really enjoyed this book so I hope many other people will get to read it and enjoy it too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I believe this to be Van Allsburg's most underrated book. My five year old loves it.Published 11 months ago by Tracie A Stackhouse
One of Chris Van Allsburg's best! It warms my heart every time I read it.Published 12 months ago by DIANE OROURKE