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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Introduced by Lemony Snicket

January 20, 2012

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick Intro. Lemony Snicket. Pub.  Houghton Mifflin Children’s Books,  2011.

Many of you will know the Chris van Allsburg picture book classic The Mysteries of Harris Burdick first published in 1984 that featured 14 illustrations with a title and worded observation underneath that suggested mystery.

Many teachers have used this book to inspire their students to write stories on what they have seen in the illustrations. I myself have pondered what happened in each.

Well 14 very good American writers have provided their thoughts of what happened in each. Jon Scieszka, Louis Sachar, Lois Lowry Kate Di Camillo, Stephen King and others including Chris Van Allsburg himself have answered the mysteries of the pictures.

Some will appeal  others will not. I personally loved the Lois Lowry story of the Seven Chairs -The fifth ended up in France. Brilliant imagination from all 14 writers and a great addition to any school library.

I read this book in half a day so it will keep you interested, Mysteries always do.

The stars of this book are of course the illustrations themselves. Check out the picture book it is a classic.

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