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  • Published: 1 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849392792
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

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A stunningly unique picture book which encourages creative writing and the imagination from the two time Caldecott medal winner Chris Van Allsburg.

“His disappearance is not the only mystery left behind. What were the stories that went with these drawings? There are some clues...”

Who is Harris Burdick? Where did he disappear to? And how was he going to finish his stories?

Chris Van Allsburg presents a series of loosely related drawings each accompanied by a title and a caption which the reader may use to make up his or her own story. This is a book for those who have thought of themselves as unimaginative.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2011
  • ISBN: 9781849392792
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist, and twice winner of the Caldecott Medal, first for Jumanji, and then for The Polar Express. He has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in October 2009.

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Praise for The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

“A must-have, with a curious set of images to stimulate the imagination of young and old... Every school will want this extraordinary book.”

The Bookseller

“Allsburg's soft back and white illustrations have a dream-like quality manipulating light, perspective and texture to create unsettling drawings. The stories mix interiors and exteriors, portraits and landscapes, all full of wonder and mysteries to be solved.”


“Every page tantalises, sparks ideas, plays with your mind, intrigues and inspires.”

The Bookbag

“Extremely puzzling as well as stimulating . . . Certainly an invitation for individual interpretations and expansions in almost any media.”

The School Librarian

“An innovative and useful book, especially for using as stimulus for young people's writing.”

Armadillo Magazine

“Beautiful, inspiring, disturbing and stimulating, a masterpiece of engaging literature.”

Books for Keeps

“A republished gem.”

The Daily Telegraph

“An extraordinary, strange picture book.”

Anthony Browne, Young Times

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