The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 8V5.448722

An inspired collection of short stories by an all-star cast of best-selling storytellers based on the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

For more than twenty-five years, the illustrations in the extraordinary Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg have intrigued and entertained readers of all ages. Thousands of children have been inspired to weave their own stories to go with these enigmatic pictures. Now we’ve asked some of our very best storytellers to spin the tales. Enter The Chronicles of Harris Burdick to gather this incredible compendium of stories: mysterious, funny, creepy, poignant, these are tales you won’t soon forget.

This inspired collection of short stories features many remarkable, best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children's literature: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself.

Van Allsburg's Harris Burdick illustrations have evoked such wonderment and imagination since Harris Burdick's original publication in 1984; many have speculated or have woven their own stories to go with his images. More than ever, the illustrations send off their eerie call for text and continue to compel and pick at the reader's brain for a backstory—a threaded tale behind the image. In this book, we've collected some of the best storytellers to spin them.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on October 25, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0547548109
ISBN-13: 9780547548104
1 Book Review
  • joanne_s
    joanne_sThursday, February 25, 2016 at 3:46 am44 starsFeatured
    This book is 14 short stories written by 14 authors each that describe a simple black and white picture. The pictures captivate me, open my view and widened my imagination once I looked at them. They seemed meaningful and genuinely provoked me to think about what happened to the characters in the picture. The stories were indeed amazing, imaginative and brilliant. The pictures and scenes that appeared in my head were vivid instead of plain black and white. The stories didn’t let me down because the events fit the pictures perfectly and were told wonderfully. I loved all the stories and all the characters because the stories made them seem viable and each of them had their own unique characteristics.