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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
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Apr 08, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: children, fantasy, short-stories
Read from April 03 to 05, 2012

Obviously this book was a fun project to put together. In 1984, Chris Van Allsburg published a picture book called The Mysteries of Harris Burdick--each image in the book had a unique theme and was also uniquely weird. In The Chronicles... famous authors have taken on the task of writing a story surrounding each of those images.

The first two stories in the book weren't as imaginative, but the rest of them were all good. The ones that stood out the most to me were Sherman Alexie's story about two twins who pretend that an empty dress is their triplet, Lois Lowry's about a little girl who can levitate chairs, M. T. Anderson's about a boy who discovers after venturing too far away from his neighborhood that he's the only person who's a real human being, and Stephen King's about a house that is slowly morphing into a spaceship.

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