Jumanji

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1981 - Juvenile Fiction - 31 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - Whisper1 - LibraryThing

I've always admired the illustrations of Chris Van Allsburg. The illustrations in Jumanji are black and white, lending an eeriness about the story of a brother and sister who discover a board game ... Read full review

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I read this one for the first time today. I read it as part of a book challenge to read a book that was published in the year I was born - 1981 was a thin year for books that appealed to me so Jumanji ... Read full review

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About the author (1981)

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 children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the 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.