The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

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by Chris Van Allsburg
     
 

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Since its publication in 1984, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick has stimulated the minds of readers of all ages and backgrounds. Now the original fourteen drawings are available in a large portfolio edition of loose sheets. In addition, a newly discovered fifteenth drawing, titled The Youngest Magician, has been added, as well as an updated introduction by the… See more details below

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Since its publication in 1984, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick has stimulated the minds of readers of all ages and backgrounds. Now the original fourteen drawings are available in a large portfolio edition of loose sheets. In addition, a newly discovered fifteenth drawing, titled The Youngest Magician, has been added, as well as an updated introduction by the author. The puzzles of these mysterious drawings will be even more provocative because of the larger size and the exceptional printing quality. For the first time, the drawings can be shared with groups or displayed singly. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 1984.

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"Layered in mystery, this extraordinary book will stun imaginative readers of all ages." School Library Journal, Starred
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A new portfolio edition offers the artwork from Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, originally published in 1984, in loose oversized sheets. The enigmatic black-and-white drawings are each accompanied by a title and brief caption: for example, a picture of a nun placidly sitting in a chair floating in a cathedral is labeled "THE SEVEN CHAIRS: The fifth one ended up in France." The portfolio also includes a 15th drawing, discovered under circumstances as mysterious as the original set. A new Internet site, set to launch on October 28, will encourage the use of the pictures to seed creative writing assignments.
Children's Literature - Allen Ball
What do a mysterious illustrator, a glowing pumpkin, and a levitating nun have in common? Each appears in Chris Van Allsburg's gorgeously-illustrated yet cryptic picture book. The author and illustrator of such seminal picture books as Jumanji and The Polar Express, Van Allsburg creates a moody, atmospheric black-and-white world of seemingly unrelated images in the pages of this work. The book opens with the mysterious conditions under which the images appeared. The images also incorporate the cryptic nature of the introduction, which informs the reader of Harris Burdick's back story. Birds fly off printed wallpaper, boats sail toward unknown locations, and seemingly innocuous homes prepare for liftoff. Each image appears with a small caption. For instance, the image of a young boy sleeping in his room is accompanied by a caption that reads, "ARCHIE SMITH, WONDER BOY: A tiny voice asked, ‘is he the one?'" Because no clear narrative links the images together, parents will have the opportunity to create millions of bedtime stories based on the intriguing images and their captions. Creative writers of all ages can use the images as the starting point for their writings. Like Van Allsburg's better-known works, this one ranks as a must-have picture book for school and home libraries alike. Reviewer: Allen Ball

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395827840
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
Portfolio Edition
Pages:
16
Sales rank:
137,019
Product dimensions:
12.10(w) x 16.10(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
6 - 11 Years

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