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Jumanji

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

scary bourd game

This book has lions, big rain storm and lots of other things in the world of jumanji. This book is for people under 8 years old

posted by Brandon7 on January 24, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A day in the jungle

This story is one that will keep children on their toes throughout the book. The story begins when a group of children find a mysterious game and decide to play it when their parents go out for the night. What the games holds in store for them is a journey that they ne...
This story is one that will keep children on their toes throughout the book. The story begins when a group of children find a mysterious game and decide to play it when their parents go out for the night. What the games holds in store for them is a journey that they never expected. This story would be excellent for third and fourth grade students because it would teach them of the different animals found in the jungle.

posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2006

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  • Posted January 24, 2009

    scary bourd game

    This book has lions, big rain storm and lots of other things in the world of jumanji. This book is for people under 8 years old

    7 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Pair this with the movie!

    I love this book. Mr. Van Allsburg is a master storyteller and a superb illustrator. I like pairing books and movies for young friends of mine. Although the movie is somewhat different from the book, they make a great pair.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Jumanji

    Two children bored and restless find a board game in the park called 'a jungle adventure game'. 'Free game, fun for some but not for all.' was a note on the game. Despite the note Peter and Judy take it home.Once they beging playing the game comes to life, with lions in the bedroom and monkey's in the kitchen. Although the illustrations are done in black and white it portrays the story wonderfully. The book makes you think what if this could really happen.The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, 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. He has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children'&apos 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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    jumagi

    Jumangi is an adventure that includes lions, pythons, and rhinos! I loved this book because you could never tell what was going to happen next. Two children find a board game that comes to life. This takes a child¿s imagination to a new level and teaches them that anything is possible. Chris Van Allsburg became interested in math and science at a young age. He majored in sculpture and later started a sculpture studio. He has written and illustrated fifteen books. Chris now resides with his wife and kids and enjoys his third floor studio. This book would be good for third to fifth graders. Allsburg Van, Chris. Jumangi. Houghton Mifflin Company. 1981.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Adventure Story

    Chris has written and illustrated fifteen books. Chris received two Caldecott Medals for Jumanji and The Polar Express. Chris was awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children¿s literature. Jumanji won the Nation Book Award in 1982 and it was made in to a movie in 1996. Judy and Peter¿s parents go to an opera, the kids are bored. They go outside, and venture to the park. Peter see something next to the tree, it is a game called Jumanji a Jungle Adventure Game. In the book, Peter says ¿`Look,¿ said Peter pointing to a noted taped to the bottom of the box. In a childlike handwriting were the words `Free game, fun for some but not for all. P.S. Read instructions carefully.¿¿ They decide to take the game home, and they begin to play. From the game, lions, monkeys, and other things come from the game. Will they stop the game or continue until the unknown? Who knows? Read the book to find out the page turning ending. This is an adventure that keeps you on the edge of your feet. The book is showing us that a simple board game can entertain us. I liked the book. The black and white illustrations help make the story that more interesting. The reading level of the book is third grade, fifth month. Allsburg, Chris Van. Jumanji. Bost0n: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Review for class

    I truly enjoy the story 'Jumanji.' The illustrations in the book are wonderful, and the story line is also very entertaining. The story is about a brother and sister who find an old board game with a twist-the characters and events in the game actually come to life! One example of this is when the board reads 'Lion attacks, move back two spaces' and a lion appears on their piano. There are many, many more of these happenings throughout the book. This would be a good book for children ages 7 and up. VanAllsburg.Chris. Jumanji. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1981.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Caldecott: Jumanji

    Have you ever imagined being transported into the land of one of your board games? Two children experience quite an experience as they find a board game in a park and decide to play for mere entertainment. Something is different about his game. Everything comes alive. With every move, something outrageous occurs. ¿Lion attacks, Move back two spaces.¿ The children are able to finish this amazing journey and show courage through this. The eye-popping illustrations add emphasis to this book. This book is a definite classic. I love the book and the movie. The author and illustrator is Chris Van Allsburg. He has received two Caldecott medals. One was for this book and the other was Polar Express. He once was a instructor at a school of designs. Allsburg, Chris Van. Jumangi. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1981. Reading level: Ages 5-8

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    A day in the jungle

    This story is one that will keep children on their toes throughout the book. The story begins when a group of children find a mysterious game and decide to play it when their parents go out for the night. What the games holds in store for them is a journey that they never expected. This story would be excellent for third and fourth grade students because it would teach them of the different animals found in the jungle.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    outstanding

    This book is about Jumanji, the board game. Despite the fact the pictures are black and white the pictures are still intersting and fun to see . Our favorite picture is when the brown,boney lion is stuck under the bed. That is our favorite picture and we hope it's your's too. If a monkey fallowed you home , will you keep it? IF YOU DO THEN YOU BETTER HAVE ALOT OF BANANAS!!!!! We like this book because it has a lot of magic, fantasy, and it's a really cool book. We hope you like this book too. Written by: Sandra Franco, Oscar Ceja, Jose Va

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2014

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    Wow

    After all these years, I only knew of the movie. Still one of my favorites. Been so long since I last saw it though. And then there's the book which I faintly remember the cover having a shelf and monkeys on it or something? Anyway, yeah the book. I didn't know at the time there was a book. Interesting read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Miss lean

    I love Jumanji.I kinda didn't like when the snake and other wild animals came.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    One of my favorites

    I must say that Chris Van Allsburg did an amazing job writing and illustrating the book 'Jumanji.' This has always been one of my favorites. The imagination he had to use to make this game come alive is outstanding. This book was well deserving of the 1982 Caldecott Medal. The pictures inside the book seem so real. I think kids really would enjoy the book because it will take them to a whole other world they never thought about and they will be amazed by the pictures because they look so real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2007

    chek out

    jumanji is a book about this game that keeps on going until you end it.you play it and new things happen .ceck it out dude

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Not Your Typical Board Game!

    If you love board games, then you'll love this book! I absolutely love this book, and just about every other book by Chris Van Allsburg! Any child who loves action, or just plain mischief would thoroughly enjoy reading Jumanji.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Wonderful Pictures

    Peter and Judy are brother and sister. Their mom and dad have gone out to eat dinner with some friends and have left them home alone. Their parents said, ¿Please do not get the house messy while we are gone.¿ The children think that this one rule should be very easy to obey but within ten minutes they have their toys spread all through the house. Then they run out of things to do so they decide to go to the park and see what is going on. They find a box in the park and on it is a note that reads, ¿Please take this free game.¿ They take the game and begin to play it like any other when they realize that what ever happens in the game happens in real life too. To make things stop happening they must finish the game. Finally Judy wins and they get rid of the game by returning it back to the park.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be magically conveyed to the world inside your favorite board game?

    Jumanji tells a story about two children, Peter and Judy, who have this experience. They find game under the tree that looks similar to the games they have at home. Since they were bored and looking for something to do, thought decided to play Jumanji. As it turns out, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime while playing a game that startlingly comes to life. With each play in the game such as, ¿Lion attacks, move back two spaces¿ the players find themselves farther inside the world of the game. The children must summon all of their courage in order continue on and finish the game to the end. I loved reading this fast paced and exciting story. The riveting plot held my attention right until the end of the book. The illustrations were worthy of the Caldecott Medal. This book comes with my highest recommendations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    A good lesson to learn.

    A Loin, twelve monkeys, a snake, a strange man appearing out of no where, some rain, rhinoceros and a little dose a sleeping sickness? Can you imagine what you would do if all this was in you house? Well it happened to Judy and Peter. Judy and Peter had strolled across the street to the park to play and came upon a board game called JUMANJI. Judy brought it back to the house even thought Peter didn¿t think it was a good ideal to take something that wasn¿t theirs. They laid it out onto the table Judy read the directions as she always does when starting something knew, and began to roll the dice unaware of what was about to happen. A Loin appeared on top of the piano, they rolled the dice again, and then from the kitchen was the sound of monkeys banging on stuff. Judy and Peter knew they had to continue playing or they would never free themselves of this nightmare. Judy recalls the direction saying ¿you win when someone lands on JUMANJI¿. This book teaches two morals, not to take something that¿s not yours and to always read the direction. JUMANJI is fun book that children will find hilarious and learn a lesson at the same time. Allsburg, Van Chris. JUMANJI. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2006

    Jumanji

    Jumanji is a Caldecott medal book. Judy and Peter loved to play games. The one under the tree didn¿t look any different. They were bored and decided to play Jumanji but they had no ideal what they were fixing to get into. ¿ Now remember,¿ mother said, ¿your father and I are bringing some guests by after the opera, so please keep the house neat.¿ How would playing a board games destroy the house? This book would be suitable for grades 3-8. I really love this book. It keeps the suspense going. I couldn¿t wait to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next. This is a fantasy book. This was Chris Van Allsburg¿s second children¿s book. He has also written Polar Express and won the Caldecott Medal for it. He writes and illustrates most of his book. Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Jumanji Review

    This Caldecott Medal Award Winner Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg, is sincerely worthy of the medal because of the ingenious plot. The illustrations are absolutely astounding. This story is guaranteed to win the attention of the young viewers. The plot of the story is about a two siblings who find the Jumanji game under a tree and decide to take it home to play. When they¿re parents left, the two decided to pull out the game to play. They were in for an enormous surprise when the game came to life. The actual jungle animals from the game comes to life. In fact, in the story it says ¿Lion attacks, move back two spaces¿, and an actual lion ends up in their living room. The instructions on the game says they¿ll have to keep playing until the game is over, or else the jungle animals stay. This story really catches the audiences attention with the different turns the children take and what animal pops out next. The theme of the story is to teach a lesson which is listen and follow directions. The appropriate audience ages five through eight years. The characters in the story of course are dynamic. The genre classification of this book is obviously fantasy because of the bizarre Jumanji game the children encounter. The extremely talented author and illustrator of this masterpiece is the well known Chris Van Allsburg. He has received wonderful reviews given by the well known New York Times Book Review, Art Express, Publishers Weekly, People, and Newsweek. Allsburg, Chris Van. Jumanji.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    great book

    Shawna Wyatt Book Review Jumanji Authored By: Chris Van Allsburg This is a book about children who play a board game and all of the things in the board come to life and destroy their home. The children have to win the board game to restore their home before their parents return home. The illustrations are excellent and would appeal to child like audience. This would be a great story to read a loud to children preschool through third grade. Chris Van Allsburg was born I Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949. On a whim he decided to major in art in collage, this was a gamble that paid off he a renowned author and illustrator.

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