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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
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Aug 11, 2010

it was amazing
Read in May, 2010

This is a picture book but it's a powerful one and great for writing starters/firing the imagination.

The premise is that years ago Harris Burdick went to see a children's book publisher, dropped off the pictures with a caption each to see if the publisher liked them and promised to bring the stories that went with them the next morning. He never returned and attempts to find him, failed.

The art work is stunning, black and white, and over a range of subjects. One is of a man holding a chair ready to hit a bump in the carpet, with the caption "two weeks had passed and it happened again." Another is of children on a hand car on railway tracks and a sail leading into the distant sea with the caption "if there was an answer, he'd find it there."

Definitely a book I'd recommend especially for asking what if's and if you want/need some writing inspiration.

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