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Jumanjiby Chris Van Allsburg
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The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizare adventure of their lives.
In his second book for children, Chris Van Allsburg again explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startingly to life.
His marvelous drawings beautifully convey a mix of the everyday and the extraordinary, as a quiet house is taken over by an exotic jungle.
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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