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Jumanjiby Chris Van Allsburg
Synopses & Reviews
One little boy living on a farm in rural Texas gets a big surprise when he discovers tiny flying elephants under his bed. But his mom doesnandrsquo;t like critters in the house, so he tries to keep them a secret. Until one day they escape from his bedroom and cause havoc in the house. But when locusts invade the farm and start to destroy crops, the elephants come to the rescue!
Bestselling author-illustrator Graeme Base has created a unique story with his signature illustrations, which are sure to appeal to young readers.
Praise for Little Elephants
andquot;The minimal text wisely recedes for Base's gorgeous paintings, and the story's very implausibility is a large part of the delight... An offbeat and winning mix of earthiness and enchantment.andquot;
andquot;This is a strange, magical book. Baseandrsquo;s lush paintings ground the fanciful story in its realistic rural setting. At the same time, the landscapes are suffused with a golden glow that casts a soporific charm over the whole book. Interesting visual details abound, from the mouseandrsquo;s thimble helmet to the prophetic circus posters on the walls. A great book to enjoy one-on-one.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
andquot;Graeme Base has done it again. His beautifully detailed paintings are such an important part of this story.andquot;
andmdash;Library Media Connection
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. Caldecott Medal Book. Full-color illustrations.
A 30th anniversary gift edition to celebrate Jumanji's 1982 Caldecott Award!
Jumanji, the Caldecott Award-winning jungle adventure book by Chris Van Allsburg, is now available in a handsome book-and-cassette gift package. Sit back and listen as Robin Williams, the star of the major motion picture based on Van Allsburg's book, transports you to the fantasy world of Jumanji. Breathtaking jungle sound effects and an exciting musical score enhance Williams's unique rendering of this fabulous tale.
Over thirty years ago, Peter and Judy first found the gameandmdash;Jumanjiandmdash;with the instructions that once the game is started, it must be finished or it will go on foreverandmdash;and it was then, with this same wonderment, readers found Jumanji, too.
Since its original publication, Jumanji has been honored with many awards, including the Caldecott Medal, and in 1996, the surreal story was adapted to fit the big screen.
This special edition of Jumanji contains a CD of the renowned actor Robin Williams reading the timeless tale.
About the Author
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 childrens 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.
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