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Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle-adventure board game. "Mr. Van Allsburg's illustrations have a beautiful simplicity of de-sign, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." -- New York Times Book Review

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1995 Audiobook cassette New in new packaging. Brand New audio Gift Set includes Brand new hardcover book (with dustjacket) by author Chris VanAllsburg, with audio cassette, read ... by Robin Williams who starred in the movie. Comes in packaging as shown. Gift-quality. Unabridged. Includes Illustrations. Juvenile reading level. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle-adventure board game. "Mr. Van Allsburg's illustrations have a beautiful simplicity of de-sign, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." -- New York Times Book Review

Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.

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When Judy and Peter find a board game under a tree in the park, it looks like just another boring game. But Jumanji has more thrills than even a child could wish for. Imagine a lion, a python, and stampeding rhinos in your living room! The surreal story is enhanced by Van Allsburg's incredible artwork.
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink Roffino
Thickly shadowed pencil drawings add mystery and intrigue to the tale of two children who enter a jungle adventure board game. Energized and perilous, the book is a journey into the remarkable imagination of Van Allsburg. Like the Robin Williams movie based on this book, the story is a masterpiece of fantasy.
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"Mr. Van Allsburg's illustrations have a beautiful simplicity of design, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." The New York Times
Children's Literature - Deborah Zink and Marilyn Courtot
Thickly shadowed pencil drawings add mystery and intrigue to the tale of two children who enter a jungle adventure board game called Jumanji. "Peter and Judy are part of an exciting tale in which volcanoes, stampeding rhinoceros, monsoons and more come to life." They read in the instructions that "Once a game of Jumanji is started it will not be over until one player reaches the golden city." The children manage to end the game and quickly pack it up and take it out to the park where it is picked up by two brothers. The story is open ended and just begs for a sequel. As one reviewer noted "Energized and perilous, the book is a journey into the remarkable imagination of Van Allsburg" and it won him a Caldecott Medal. This 30th anniversary edition comes with a CD by Robin Williams who was the star of the 1996 movie based on this masterpiece of fantasy. Reviewer: Deborah Zink and Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395756904
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 11/25/1995
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: 1 Cassette
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 2.75 (w) x 4.34 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Van Allsburg

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.

Biography

Multiple Caldecott Medal winner Chris Van Allsburg grew up in the 1950s in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan. He majored in sculpture at the University of Michigan's College of Architecture & Design and graduated in 1972. He received his M.F.A. in 1975 from Rhode Island School of Design.

After graduate school, Van Allsburgh set up a sculpture studio in Providence, married and settled in the area, and began exhibiting his work in New York City and throughout New England. Around the same time, he became interested in drawing. His wife, Lisa, encouraged him to pursue children's book illustration, putting him in contact with her friend David Macauley, a successful artist and author. Macauley's editor at Houghton Mifflin was impressed by Van Allsburgh's work and advised him to try his hand at illustrating a story of his own. His maiden effort, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, was published in 1979 and received a Caldecott Honor Medal.

Since that auspicious beginning, Van Allsburgh has gone on to produce a string of wonderfully inventive, critically acclaimed, and award-winning books. He gathers inspiration from unlikely quarters -- the progress of ants across a kitchen counter, crayon streaks in a child's coloring book, a children's board game come to life -- and executes his ideas on a provocative but surefire "What if..." principle.

Among his many awards are two Caldecott Medals -- one for Jumanji, written in 1982 and the other for 1985's The Polar Express; a National Book Award (also for Jumanji); and the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature.

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Van Allsburg's grandfather owned and operated the East End Creamery and delivered milk and milk products to homes around the Grand Rapids area in yellow and blue trucks.

One of Van Allsburg's childhood homes was a big, Tudor-styled house on a wide, tree-lined street. He used the street as a model for the cover art of what is arguably his most famous book, The Polar Express.

Because so many students at Van Allsburg's high school excelled academically, representatives from the University of Michigan would visit each year to interview interested seniors and admit them on the spot if they met qualifications. During his senior year, Van Allsburg was told about the art program affiliated with the University's College of Architecture & Design and thought it sounded like fun. Although he had never had any formal art classes, he fibbed to the admissions officer, saying he had taken private lessons outside of school.

Two of Van Allsburg's bestselling books, Jumanji and The Polar Express, were subsequently turned into blockbuster movies.

Van Allsburg is not your typical "feel good" children's author. He has been known to handle darker themes, and his stories often involve bizarre worlds and dreamscapes.

In all his stories, Van Allsburg inserts a little white bull terrier modeled after a real-life dog owned by his brother-in-law. (Another popular children's author, David Shannon, does the same thing, but Shannon's pup is a Westie!)

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    1. Hometown:
      Providence, Rhode Island
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 18, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Grand Rapids, Michigan
    1. Education:
      University of Michigan College of Architecture & Design, 1972; Rhode Island School of Design, MFA, 1975
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Good

    This is a great book but we need the game hit YES if you agree.

    26 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Awesome book!!

    I LOVED this book as a kid, and my kids LOVE it as much as I do! :)

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2012

    Movie

    The movie is amazing! But is this a picture book? It seems like a lot of money

    6 out of 10 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 September 30, 2012

    Question

    How many pages is it any way

    2 out of 8 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 December 2, 2013

    ???

    Number one book its so greatu should read it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Wow

    Pretty expensive and i think there should be a sample for the book becaus how many pages are there how long is the book .i personally loved the movie but i wont spend $18.99 on jumanji

    1 out of 2 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 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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