The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story. A fictional editor's note tells of an encounter with an author and illustrator named Harris Burdick, who provided the images and captions as samples, each from a different picture book he had written. He left with a promise to deliver the complete m...more
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It's introduction is somewhat apocryphal: the author is not the actual author but merely a messenger of sorts. Chris Van Allsburg discovered the set of drawings whilst visiting the home of Peter Wenders. Thirty years ago (as of 1984), these drawings were presented to Peter Wenders by a man named Harris Burdick with the intent of publishing 14 stories for a children's book. Harris Bur ...more
I don't know if the story about how this book came to be (included by Van Allsburg at the beginning) is true or not, but the images inside speak for themselves--or, rather, they invite viewers to speak for them. Some of the pictures are fantastical, some are strange, some are downright creepy, but all of them could be any of these things depending on who is looking at them.
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The brilliance of anything someone recommends is that there is the slim chance you might just have that little connection when you both love it as much as one another. It’s something that is surprisingly rare but when it happens, it’s a joy. Not only do you get the experience of the recommended item but also the shared connection. When this happens with a book it is all the more rewarding for all the reasons that lead us as adults to love book ...more
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Critical analysis: This is a collection of images produced by a mysterious man named Harris Burdick. Mr. Wenders, though he is retired now, once worked for a children’s book publisher. About 30 years ago, Mr. Burdick came to Mr. Wenders office to offer 14 written stories for which he had drawn many pictures for, and had brought one for each story to see if Mr. Wenders liked them. Mr. Wenders did like them, and requested to see the stories as soon as possible. However, ...more
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg is a truly unique book. The preface to the story is that the drawings that followed were a part of a book that was lost. Unfortunately, no one ...more
Title: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Illustrator: Harris Burdick
Publisher/Date: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ 9/24/1984
Pages/Format: 32/ Hardcover
"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 ...more
|What's The Name o...: children's book from the 80's; sort of a story starter book that showed pictures and gave a line from a story for kids to finish [s]||6||18||Feb 05, 2014 03:45PM|
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Chris’s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream. It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk (and made the ot ...more