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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  - Jenica_Flores - www.librarything.com

Peter and Judy are bored at home and find a mysterious board game and they decide to play. What the children didn't know was the board becomes real life. The children wanted to stop the game but they ... Read full review

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User Review  - CassieWinters - www.librarything.com

I enjoyed this, but is was harder to read since I had seen the film first. This still is a wonderful children's picture book that is worth a read. For me, an adult, it was a fairly quick read. It was ... 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.