Bad Day at Riverbend

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Riverbend was a quiet little town, the kind of place where one day was just like all the rest and nothing ever happened. Occasionally the stagecoach rolled through, but it never stopped, because no one ever came to Riverbend and no one ever left. The day the stagecoach stood motionless in the center of town, Sheriff Ned Hardy knew something was terribly wrong. What was the mysterious substance on both coach and horses? It would not come off. Soon it was everywhere in the tidy little village. Something had to be done, and Sheriff Hardy aimed to do it.

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Illustrations are unique and the ending is superb. - Goodreads
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Fun premise, and I like the coloring-book look. - Goodreads
I enjoyed this book because it had a surprise ending. - Goodreads
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This was another cute Chris Van Allsburg book. My boys really like it. Read full review

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User Review  - Tanner Greyn - Goodreads

Van Allsburg leads the reader through a country western mystery of where the "light" is coming from and what is happening to the horses and people in the town. Sheriff Ned Hardy decides to go on an ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

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.

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