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Zathura (Jumanji #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,663 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
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.
Dec 02, 2014 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This... This was so much better than the first one, guys. So much better. There was character development and bonding. And a neat little plot and (view spoiler) that didn't actually feel like a cop out. It was quite lovely.

My memory of Zathura is of a dumb movie that has a younger Kristen Stewart in it and we own it and my siblings and I thought it was really stupid. Granted, this was years ago, so at the time we probably thought everything was dumb. (Because being c
Courtney Ennis
Oct 29, 2014 Courtney Ennis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This was great! It would definitely be best to read Jumanji before reading this. It's kind of like a sequel because it happens right after Jumanji, but you don't need to read Jumanji to understand it.
Oct 19, 2010 N_amandascholz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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
Feb 16, 2010 Katina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Chris Van Allsburg’s Zathura is an older title, but it is definitely a classic (as are almost all of Van Allsburg’s titles – this is the author behind Jumanji and The Polar Express, after all!). I was familiar with the title because I’ve seen the film based on this book starring a young Josh Hutcherson and Kristen Stewart. The story is quite a bit like Jumanji, actually – a pair of brothers find an old game about space, begin to play it, and discover that the game alters reality. Sci-fi elements ...more
Jun 05, 2015 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alex Martinez
Zathura is a very fun and exciting story written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. It is the story of two brothers, Walter and Danny Budwing. The two brothers are constantly fighting and bickering until one night when their parents go out they discover a game. The game at first seems to be childish and boring.However, soon come meteors, a robot, and even Zorgons. The two brothers have to work together in order to survive this game and stay safe. Eventually the older brother discovers a magi ...more
Christina Hyde
This book is the companion to "Jumanji" and centers around two bickering brothers who stumble upon a come to life game and play to the death. You have to assume that author & illustrator Chris Van Allsburg either fought with his sibling constantly or has two bickering kids himself because many of his plots center around this dynamic.

The illustrations are very unique in the sense that all the pictures are black and white, they look like incredibly detailed pencil drawings. The illustration o
Leyla Shill
"Zathura", by Chris Van Allsburg, is a book about two young brothers that do not get along who spend a day together. While at the park, they find the infamous board Jumanji. The brothers bring the game back home with them, and while one of them curiously exams the game accidentally starts the game sending the boys and their home into outer space. They now must work together to play the game in the attempt to return home.

In this story, the author does a great job of creating a story that uses th
Daniel Cortez
Feb 22, 2015 Daniel Cortez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Zathura” by Chris Van Allsburg is a tale of adventure and excitement that children of all ages will want to be a part of. Two children are seen fighting at the beginning of the story as they are informed that they will be left home alone while their parents go out. When their parents leave, they continue to fight and argue when they discover a game called Zathura. The younger boy wants to play this game, but the older boy won’t join him. So the younger boy begins playing by himself when he rea ...more
Madelyn Skopak
Feb 22, 2015 Madelyn Skopak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zathura tells a similar tale of a prior Chris Van Allsburg book, Jumanji. In this children’s book Van Allsburg writes a story about two brothers who are left home alone. The boys are very different, the older being more mature, and the younger being more adventurous. The boys find a box in the park and bring it home. Upon getting home, the younger brother pulls out the game Jumanji, tosses it aside, and finds the game Zathura. Although the older brother does not want to play he ends up participa ...more
Maddy Skopak
Feb 22, 2015 Maddy Skopak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zathura tells a similar tale of a prior Chris Van Allsburg book, Jumanji. In this children’s book Van Allsburg writes a story about two brothers who are left home alone. The boys are very different, the older being more mature, and the younger being more adventurous. The boys find a box in the park and bring it home. Upon getting home, the younger brother pulls out the game Jumanji, tosses it aside, and finds the game Zathura. Although the older brother does not want to play he ends up participa ...more
Taylor Whittaker
Danny and Walter Budwing are two brothers who get left alone one night and discover a game called Zathura. Zathura takes them on a rollercoaster of an adventure in their own home. This book written by Chris Van Allsburg is such an entertaining and classic story that anyone would enjoy. A couple of things that are most evident in the story is how Van Allsburg brings imagination and reality together, and also the way that the illustrations give the story so much life.

I love how Van Allsburg knows
Randi Johnson
Feb 22, 2015 Randi Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book follows with many characteristics well known in the books of Chris
Van Allsburg. Chris created the story that was in everyone’s imagination at the end of his other book, Jumanji. At the end of Jumanji, the main characters deposit of the game in the park. Zathura brings you through great adventures of two younger brothers. The story line starts off with many conflicts evolving between Danny and Walter. When their parents go for a night out, Danny decides to go out to the back yard. Ther
Marissa Horton
Feb 22, 2015 Marissa Horton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Zathura", is about two brothers going on the adventure of their life! Just like any brothers they do not always get along. In the book, the older brother is always picking on the little brother, such as when the little brother says, "you and me" the older brother always corrects him with, "you and I". One day the boys are picking on each other outside where they see the game "Jumanji" (like another book written by Chris Van Allsburg). The boys are then transferred to another game...Zat ...more
Hannah Julsrud
Feb 21, 2015 Hannah Julsrud rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When two bickering little brothers are left home alone for the night, their simple board game turns into a wild adventure into outer space, and they have to fight the clock to get back home to earth. Walter reluctantly joins Danny to play outside, and when they decided to head back, Danny brought a peculiar board game he found laying in the park entitled Zathura and begs his older brother to enjoy it with him. Once again, Walter reluctantly plays the board game with Danny, and before they know i ...more
Feb 19, 2015 RemiGuinto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with two brothers being told to stop hurting each other by their mother who is constantly telling them to get along despite the clash in the brothers' age differences. One day while their mother is out, Danny begs Walter to play with him. When the elder brother refuses, he goes off to look through the family's collection of board games and stumbling upon a space-themed one called Zathura. Turns out that the board game can make anything happen depending on the card that is presen ...more
Tiffany Fox
Jan 24, 2015 Tiffany Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Van Allsburg is for all time one of my favorite children authors and illustrators. He does amazing work in black and white illustrations that are true master pieces to the imagination. Zathura is just another great addition to his work. Just like Jumanji, another board game comes to life for two children who happen upon it in their front yard next to a tree. The two children being Walter and Danny Budwing, brothers, who don't always get along but who are seemingly left at home by their par ...more
Danie Plott
The story begins with a situation many of us can relate to: having an annoying little brother who just can’t keep his hands off your stuff. During one of their usual fights, the two brothers come across a discarded board game- Jamanji. Only this time there is a different board hidden underneath: a space-themed trail leading to the planet Zathura. Once the game is set in motion, the boys’ house is lifted to space, pelted with comets, raided by malfunctioning robots and aliens, and other such tria ...more
Lindsay Fischer
Nov 12, 2014 Lindsay Fischer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 05, 2014 Martiah Rall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 02, 2014 Melanie Abril rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 18, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Zathura is another book about a board gaming coming to life. It is a sequel to Jumanji. In this story, two brothers, Danny and Walter, play a board game called Zathura, and like the game Jumanji, this board game manifests itself in real life. The only way to stop it is to finish the game. Things get deadly when a killer robot comes out of the game. Will they be able to stop the game before something happens?
This book is illustrated in black and white with clear outlines on all of the objects. A
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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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