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Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
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Feb 14, 11

Read in February, 2011

This story by Chris Van Allsburg shares the experience of a brother and his sister's journey through terrifying jungle game that becomes all-to-real. Their boredom drives them to play the game and in the end they bite off more than they can chew. The ending of the story sets up the story line for Van Allsburg's Zathura that was published a little over 20 years after Jumanji. The illustrations in Jumanji are remarkably detailed and exquisite, even without color. Even though Van Allsburg chooses to use matte paper in the book he is still able to convey the glossiness of the floor in his illustration of the lost guide. He uses bordered text on the right hand side and a framed illustration on the left side throughout the entire book. This technique gives the reader the impression that they are viewing this world as opposed to becoming a part of the story. Thus the reader never feels the impression of the jungle or believes that the growing jungle is real. This story is very engaging for all reader's and portrays a very important message: boredom can lead one into danger.
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