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Zathura (Jumanji #2)

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On the last page of the Caldecott-winning book Jumanji, young Danny Budwing is seen running after his brother, Walter, with a game tucked under his arm. Now after twenty years, Chris Van Allsburg is ready to reveal what happens when Danny and Walter roll the dice. This time the name of the game is Zathura and the battling Budwing boys are in for the ride of their lives.

Published November 7th 2003 by Socadis (first published October 28th 2002)
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
I didn't even know there was a book. Same with Jumanji. Saw the movie first and it was alright.
Interesting but alright.
This one was good.
Courtney Ennis
This picture book is a fantasy and science fiction book. It is the sequel to the book Jumanji, which is also written by the author Chris Van Allsburg. This book starts out where the other one left off which is when the two boys run outside to the park and find the board game. They take it back to their house and younger brother opens it up. He finds the game but thinks it looks boring but then he sees underneath there is another game. It’s a board game called Zathura. The boy rolls the dice, tak ...more
Victoria Leininger-halpern
Following the same plot structure as Jumanji, this story is about two brothers who find a board game that launches their house into space, and the only way to defeat the things that come out of the game and get back home is to win. I really liked this story because the relationship between the brothers is very realistic, as many younger siblings don't get along and constantly fight. I also like it for the sci-fi aspect, as the drawings and descriptions of space are very interesting and captivati ...more
This book evidently is the "sequel" to Chris Van Allsburg's much loved Jumanji. At the end of the earlier book, brothers Walter and Danny Budwing find the discarded Jumanji game in the local park and take it home. The older brother, Walter, is stuck babysitting his annoying younger brother, Danny, and ignores the "little fungus" as he begins to play the newly discovered game. Bored by the jungle theme, Danny searches the box and finds a second game with a different board. Instead of a continuati ...more
Zathura is the continuation of the book Jumanji. The Budwig boys didn't always get along. Walter loved to torment his younger brother Danny. They found one thing in common: to play a game called Jumanji. As the boys begin to play they discover the game comes to life when a meteor falls through the ceiling and crashes into their television. The boys open their front door to find their home is in outer space. "You don't want to play this," he said. "Trust me, I tried it once." The book continues t ...more
Lindsay Fischer
This is an adventurous story of a boy and his brother that get whisked into space by a board game. The younger brother Danny is determined to play with his older brother Walter. He begs and pleads, but his brother won't budge. This sparks a fight and Danny ends up playing a board game by himself. Little did he know that this game would bring them into space and force them to finish playing. Together they fight off aliens, robots and the other dangers of space. During the game, they are transport ...more
Martiah Rall
Zathura was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg in 2002. Two boys find a game board in the park while wrestling and the game takes them on an adventure into outer space. In order to get back to Earth they have to play out each card. The game cards contain challenges that they need to overcome using teamwork. The brothers grow closer through the experience and what seemed to them to be near death experiences.

Some things I found to be common in all of Chris Van Allsburg books are simil
Melanie Abril
Zathura is a story that begins with bickering siblings that are home alone. As their activities bring them to the park, they discover a box leaning against a tree. The younger of the two Danny, begins to play the game in the box but when he discovers his brother Walter was right about it being a childish game he puts it away. But just as he begins to do so he discovers another game board at the bottom of the box, as he begins to play this game he realizes its rather different than other games an ...more
Edward Creter
This book was made recently into a movie which didn't quite make it in the box office, but has a legion of cult fans, and this book version is actually a sequel to Jumanji, also from Chris Van Allsburg and also made into a film, which may be different from Jumanji which has the late and legendary Robin Williams and therefore made more money than the Zathura film. But you can still read the book and maybe catch up with the Jumanji book as I may have to since I saw Jumanji the film before I read t ...more
Maria Andrade
The story proceeds from Jumanji, as Walter and Danny are the next individuals to take the game board home. Just like Peter and Judy who entered into the world of Jumanji, Danny and Walter are instead taken to a space adventure up in space and must keep on playing the game until a clear winner is decided. To begin, Walter and Danny are brothers who see different views from one another; this leads these two to clash heads many times. However, as they play the game, they realize they must stop figh ...more
Gina Pecoraro
Format: Picture Book
Interest Level: Grades 3-5

After twenty years, we find out what happens after Danny finds a game at the end of Jumanji. Danny and his brother Walter end of playing a game called Zathura and our taken on an out of this world journey.

I would read this book in the classroom only after reading Jumanji first. It would be neat to get the students' reactions from both books. They could compare the books and discuss what game they would rather play.
I loved Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg! I saw a movie with the same title a while ago and wondered if it was based on this book and it was! I loved the movie as a kid and I loved the book just as much! I absolutely love the fact that Chris Van Allsburg included Jumanji in this book in a very clever way. I loved how he gave the experience of playing the game to only the older brother who thought his younger brother was so annoying and didn’t want anything to do with him. But after his experience h ...more
Sandra Ayala
Another book I choose to read was Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg. This is the story of a two young brothers who find a board game that transports them into outer space and forces them to deal with different adventures. The boys have to face problem solving and survival with robots, aliens, black holes, and much more. This exciting adventure forces the kids to get along and work together to get back to earth. The illustrations in this book are black and white but are incredibly detailed. The illus ...more
Jessica Navarrete
Zathura is story about two buys and a board game. Danny, the youngest boy opens a box of the game Jumani and finds another game inside the box call Zathura. Danny’s older brother had said it was just a kid’s game but Danny knew it was more than that. He was brave to open it. He could see into outer space from his living room because of the game. They thought they had lost of track of time but in reality they were in space! The boys made a fun experience out if it.

I enjoyed this book and I could
Stefani Sloma
Zathura is a continuation of Chris Van Allburg’s Jumanji (which I’m sad to say I haven’t read). Instead of a board game set in the jungle, this one is set in space, and it includes robots, brother-swallowing black holes, and space travel. This book was so much fun! I would definitely say that it is for older kids though.

The illustrations in Zathura were crazy good – ridiculously detailed. The story itself is very imaginative. I think this book could be a gateway book into sci-fi for younger kids
Austin G
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Once again, two siblings become ensnared in the dark, frightening world of the diabolical board game once known as Jumanji. This time, though, the unwilling participants are brothers Walter and Danny, and the rules have changed: It is now a game of ultimate survival in outer space, a game called Zathura, and the brothers will need to call upon all of their reservoirs of luck and family cohesion to make it through the experience in one piece.

As always, the drawings done by author/illustrator Ch
Laura Rumohr
Zathura was intended for children in grades 1-5. This picture book was written in a similar format to Jumanji. On the last page of Jumanji, young Danny Budwing walks away with a board game under his arm. Zuthara picks up right there. Danny and his brother Walter were left alone as their parents were out. The two boys decided to go to the park to play and while they were there Danny picked up the game. When they got home Danny picked up the game and realized that there was a "boring" jung
I really like Chris Van Allsburg. Truth be told, however, I haven't kept up with his newer books, of which this is one. I picked this up this evening when Beetle and I went to the public library. Again, I thought a new read aloud might be nice to add to the mix.

Van Allsburg's illustrations are as wonderful as ever. He has talent (those Caldecott Awards didn't just appear). Unfortunately, this story left me flat.

It's not hard to realize why; I had read it previously. This is a remake of Van Allsb
I saw the movie first. In my defence, I had no idea there was a book.
When I saw the trailer, I thought they were ripping off jumanji and making a space version.
When I learned that both films came from books, by the same author, I let the matter disolve. It was good to know that everything was all the idea of one man.

In all honesty, the book covered the family of the past, where as the movie portrays the more mordern family of today.

In the book, there is mom and dad and life is happy (except the
On the last page of the Caldecott-winning book Jumanji, young Danny Budwing is seen running after his brother, Walter, with a game tucked under his arm. After 20 years, Chris Van Allsburg reveals what happens when Danny & Walter roll the dice. This time the name of the game is Zathura & the battling Budwing boys are in for the ride of their lives.

Zathura is a dramatic adventure that promises a breathtaking & unforgettable experience. At the story's end which becomes, miraculously, t
I think I read this book when I was a kid. I don’t really remember the story line or how it went. However, I do remember the black and white, grainy pictures. (Or at least the texture of the drawings seem familiar…) On just the visuals, I appreciated how the author was very detailed on his drawings. I did wonder, though, what the reasons were for the drawings being in black and white instead of colored. It’s a nice picture book with simple text that an older child can follow along with. And if I ...more
When I first picked up this book, I had no idea that it was somewhat of a sequel to the much loved Jumanji. If you are unfamiliar with the story and movie it won't matter much, but Zathura follows the same template.

Walter and Danny are two brothers who are not getting along. Walter is stuck babysitting, and isn't particularly concerned when Danny finds a game and begins to play it. This decision takes a turn for the worse, however, when the game Zathura is found within a compartment of the box (
The sequel to Jumani. The story starts off with Danny and Walter, two brothers, finding the abandoned box of Jumanji. They start playing unknowingly, as they are dragged into the world of outer space. Meteor showers, robots, pirate space ship and black hole are few of the predicament they endure. Through this adventure, the boys deepen their relationship. The story ends with Walter putting his arm around Danny walking away from the box of Jumanji.

Chris Van Allsburg uses elements of fantasy with
Zathura begins where Jumanji left off. It follows two brothers that are argumentative as they become trapped in an outer space game that is full of twists and turns. Even though the brothers don’t get along, they learn the only way they are going to make it through the game is by working together. The ending of the book is a bit strange to me. It leaves me unsettled because it seems Danny is left in an alternate universe while Walter is sent back and stops the game from ever happening. I feel th ...more
Zathura is the continuation of what happened with the Jumanji board game after Peter and Judy dispose of the game and returned to the park under a tree. It is interesting that the Jumanji board game was substituted by the Zathura board game and that from page three is where the real adventures of these two boys began.

Zathura is even better that Jumanji. I enjoy this story even more. Maybe it is because I prefer outer apace than zoo animals. Or maybe it is because I have to sons and the boys in
Really enjoyed this book. I have to say that I picked this book up because I have seen the movie interpretation. I was a bit confused at the beginning of this book when Danny found the Jumanji game, which is referencing another one of Van Allsburg's books. I have to say that reading this book out loud was kind of a difficult feat to do. Each page is pretty lengthy in text, and sometimes I got the lines mixed up. However, I read this book out loud and I think you could do a lot of fun things with ...more
Ch_beth Rice
Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg follows a similar story line of another book he wrote, Jumanji. In fact, the game of Jumanji is a part of this story but rather than play that “babyish game” young Danny finds another game in the same box. Danny begins to play Zathura and immediately strange things begin to happen. Danny and his older brother, Walter, find themselves in outer space meeting different challenges and adventures. Eventually, the boys are safe at home with Walter teasing Danny as usual. ...more
I didn't realize this was a sequel to Jumanji until I read the jacket flap on this book! I thought it was just a parallel story, but it does sort of follow Jumanji up.

I must say, being a fan of the movie based on this book, I was unimpressed with this story. It was quite different from the movie (I am very surprised that the writers of the movie could do what they did based on what's here!) This is likely the wrong way to approach the book, but I must admit that it was disappointing for me.
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Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg. His sister Karen was born in 1947.

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
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