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Publication Order of Jumanji Books

Publication Order of Chris Van Allsburg Picture Books

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben's Dream (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wreck of the Zephyr (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Polar Express (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stranger (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two Bad Ants (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just a Dream (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wretched Stone (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Widow's Broom (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sweetest Fig (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Day at Riverbend (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Probuditi! (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of the Falls (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chris Van Allsburg Plays

The Z Was Zapped (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Chris Van Allsburg Collections

The Mysteries of Chris Van Allsburg (With: Jane Curley) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van Allsburg is a children’s books author born on a farm in Michigan in 1949. While Allsburg seemed to shine in math and science while in school, it is amazing what he has done with the arts so far. The talented author has two Caldecott Medals to his name as well as a host of other notable awards. He also worked in the Rhode Island School of Design as an instructor before delving full time into writing. His best works include The Polar Express, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, and Jumanji. Currently, Allsburg lives in Rhode Island with his wife and children.

The Polar Express
The Polar Express is a children’s book that is sure to bring the Christmas spirit to young ones and adults alike. It stars a young boy who wakes up on Christmas Eve only to discover a train right outside his house. Excited about the magical train, the boy climbs in and finds other youngsters having the time of their lives. The children are treated to goodies on their journey to the north pole where they are to meet Santa. In a ceremony held in town-square and in the elves’ attendance, Santa would gift the first gift that Christmas to one lucky youngster. How excited the youngsters are with all of them hoping that they would be picked.

It seems like it is a lucky day for our hero since he is selected. When asked what he would want for Christmas, the boy doesn’t choose anything from Santa’s bag. Instead, he requests for one bell from Santa’s Sleigh. Santa sends one of his elves to get the bell, and he happily hands it to the waiting young boy. The author has outdone himself with vivid explanations so you will feel like you are there with the youngsters experiencing Christmas’s magic together. All the characters are intriguing, and it is hard to forget any of them or the exciting events that happened during the journey.

This is one of the best magical stories of all time. The book comes with stunning illustrations that are sure to keep the young ones turning the pages, and the story is just as captivating. It is fun to interact with the youngsters and see how our hero’s life changes throughout his journey to the north pole and on that ceremony. For most kids who grew up in the 80s and 90s, this is one of the books that defined Christmas. For them, this book symbolizes good memories of Christmas and fun times shared with parents.

Any book lover wants to read a book that makes them feel, and Polar Express is one of them. The story is enchanting and sure to leave you with a smile on your face. This possibly explains why the book has sold over seven million copies to date. There is something about this story that signifies hope and magical beginnings. The book was first published in 1985, but it became so popular that a movie with the same name was developed. To date, this remains a holiday classic that you can read in hard or soft copy and still enjoy the video. A video recording is available for children who want to read the story as they listen as someone else reads it aloud.

Jumanji comes first in the Jumanji series. The book stars two young children, Peter and Judy. These two are siblings who are close and enjoy doing all kinds of mischief together. One day, the duo discovers a game under a tree. While the game resembles many others they have at home, they decide to play it since they are bored and are looking for a more exciting activity. However, they soon realize that they get more excitement than they bargained for when the board game literary comes to life. Peter and Judy are plunged into a bizarre yet exciting adventure that will initially scare them but end on a good note.
A quiet house is magically turned into a jungle, and the children have to run away from dangerous animals. However, they somehow manage to outsmart the animals and escape all kinds of danger. This is one creative book. The action starts from page one, and things get so intense at some point that it will be hard to put the book down. Aside from being highly entertaining, this book comes with many lessons for young readers. It is amazing how Peter and Judy work together to escape the animals coming to them.

There are many reasons why this book was such a hit. First, it comes with all the right ingredients for a children’s book. The storybook shifts between reality and fantasy, making it perfect for children with a wild imagination. It comes with marvelous illustrations in black and white that make it easier for the young minds to understand all that is happening on every page. Even adults who love adventure will enjoy every part of the story. It helps that the book is just 32 pages, so it is easy to enjoy it all in one sitting. The language is easy, the pacing just right, and the flow will keep you glued to the end.

Jumanji is an intriguing children’s book characterized by lovable characters, dangerous animals, and one unforgettable adventure. It is amazing how the author has used the idea of a game coming to life and managed to tell an almost believable story. The image of the lion with all its sharp teeth will dazzle you as well as all the other animals as they wreck the house. Given how intense some of these scenes are, it is wise to talk to young children about the difference between facts and fantasy. While the game in this story comes to life, there is no chance of that happening in real life. The book is recommended for children six years and older as the younger ones may not understand the fantasy bit of the story.

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