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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
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Sep 13, 2011

it was amazing

Picking up this book, I was drawn in by the mysteriousness of it all. Is the introduction about the author and illustrator, Harris Burdick, true or was it created to set the mood of the book? It is up to the reader to decide what they believe. I choose to believe the story of Burdick is true because I think it gives the illustrations a deeper and more mysterious meaning. It makes you wonder: what really were his stories behind these illustrations? Each of the dark and ominous fourteen illustrations, all found on the right side of the double page spread, are black and white filled in with shades of gray. The images seem to have soft edges that are blurred to create a sense of calmness until the reader studies the illustration and finds a small and bizarre detail that causes ideas to flow and their interpretation of a story to form. The titles and captions of each illustration, all found on the left side of the double page spread, are black text on a white background with a simple black border. The text gives the reader a clue about each illustration that can sends anyone’s imagination into overdrive. This book is a work of art that can inspire and encourage anyone, at any age, to sit down and write a story about one of Burdick’s drawings.
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Ashley No, Harris Burdick is not a real person. It's all written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg :)

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