The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Fourteen black and white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story A fictional editor s note tells of an encounter with an author and illustrator named Harris Burdick, who provided the images and captions as samples, each from a different picture book he had written He left with a promise to deliver the complete mFourteen black and white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story A fictional editor s note tells of an encounter with an author and illustrator named Harris Burdick, who provided the images and captions as samples, each from a different picture book he had written He left with a promise to deliver the complete manuscripts if the editor chose to buy the books Burdick was never seen again, and the samples are all that remain of his supposed books Readers are challenged to imagine their own stories based on the images in the book.
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Fourteen black and white drawings each accompanied by a title and a caption entice readers to make up his or her own story A fictional editor s note tells of an encounter with an author and illustra

  • Title: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • ISBN: 9780395827840
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • 1 thought on “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”

    1. Me encantó. Este es un libro con micro cuentos increíbles, acompañados de ilustraciones asombrosas. Todo me dejó perplejo, las 14 historias y los 14 dibujos. Todo es maravilloso. Me fascinó como con esto tu imaginación trabaja el doble y empiezas a pensar el por qué de casa situación ocurrida en el libro. De como se llegó a ese punto y de que es lo qué está pasando en realidad. Desde los títulos de las historias hasta los cuidados en los detalles de las ilustraciones. Un libro encant [...]

    2. I discovered this book a few years after it was published. It's just absolutely amazing, especially if the background story is really true about the "mystery" of Harris Burdick. For many years I used this book as a writing and illustration prompt for my art students in upper elementary. I made slides of the entire book in 1988, and my kids and I would dissect the possibilities for every illustration and caption. Each student would then choose one of the 14 drawings to write their own tale, creat [...]

    3. Chris Van Allsburg is one of my must-collect illustrators, as I just love his work. He combines detail with imagination and he has never let me down. While I still rank Queen Of The Falls as his best, this mysterious book of wordless stories comes very close.The premise of this book is explained by a fictional backstory about drawings from a puzzling artist who never provides the stories for each illustration. Therefore, it's up to each reader to provide the possibilities and each of us could ce [...]

    4. 14 illustrations. 14 captions. A picture book, then? Yes, but each scene is a loaded gun and you are the trigger. It's introduction is somewhat apocryphal: the author is not the actual author but merely a messenger of sorts. Chris Van Allsburg discovered the set of drawings whilst visiting the home of Peter Wenders. Thirty years ago (as of 1984), these drawings were presented to Peter Wenders by a man named Harris Burdick with the intent of publishing 14 stories for a children's book. Harris Bur [...]

    5. Beautifully illustrative and wonderfully imaginative, not only in the execution but in the way it will inspire readers to think of "the rest of the story." Each illustration is accompanied by just a few words of text--they are supposedly taken from manuscripts by "Harris Burdick" and are only one piece to the whole story so it is left to the readers to imagine the rest. Almost like visual "story starters." The illustrations contain a variety of themes, from mysteries to joys to sorrows to myster [...]

    6. Initially I was going to just mark this as "read" without giving it a rating, but I figure, why not?I don't know if the story about how this book came to be (included by Van Allsburg at the beginning) is true or not, but the images inside speak for themselves--or, rather, they invite viewers to speak for them. Some of the pictures are fantastical, some are strange, some are downright creepy, but all of them could be any of these things depending on who is looking at them.This would make an aweso [...]

    7. I find this book totally amazing. The only word that comes to my mind after reading it is MYSTERY. Not only is the whole story of Mr. Burdick who never returns to Mr. Wender mysterious. In fact, every picture in this book is baffling. Due to the fact that the drawings are black and white, the author skillfully plays with light making the illustrations appear uncanny. The captions are so puzzling that they allow the readers to come up with a multitude of possible stories. I enjoyed the fact that [...]

    8. Me recordó lo mágicas que pueden ser las formas y las palabras cuando de usan correctamente o en conjunto.Para tener tan poco texto, me hizo pensar demasiado. Lo quiero en mi librero.

    9. I bought this book for my niece for Christmas. I’m so excited to share it with her. This was one of my favorite books as a kid. It made me feel excited and a little bit scared.

    10. Loved it. The old-fashioned tradition of the past returns: the author purports to believe that the real author of the pictures has disappeared and the quest to unearth some details from his life still continues. That is an efficient method to capture the reader's attention and heighten a sense of mystery. The pictures are silent stories that have a chance to flourish in our imagination: we have no plot but a short caption. A splendid chance to stimulate our imagination. After all, we can spend m [...]

    11. I first encountered The Mysteries of Harris Burdick years ago, when my kids were much younger. It was at a time when we were enjoying Chris Van Allsburg's classics (I especially remember reading The Z Was Zapped many, many times; I still have it memorized). I loved Harris Burdick, but never got a copy for our home bookshelf. Yesterday at the Public Library, on the shelf in front with books for sale, there it was: $1.00 for a pristine hardcover copy. I brought it home and admired each story once [...]

    12. When I was in sixth grade, I had the most amazing teacher ever for English. One of our exercises was to write a story about one of several pictures he had placed around the classroom. As a sixth grader, I chose to write a story about the little girl who was holding two caterpillars in her hand. My story involved this little girl finding these magic caterpillars that did tricks and she trained them and that helped her get a way from the turmoil within her family involving her mother and her mom's [...]

    13. Harris Burdick left behind 14 drawings, each with a title and a blurb about the picture. No one hasn't seen him since he dropped of his work Now they're published, that will inspire all, give you the creeps, and make you scratch your head again and again. This book is for such a wide range of ages because creative mysteries should be explored no matter how young you are.

    14. I found this book right before Halloween. Next year, I am going to have my students look at the incredible pictures by Chris Van Allsburg and finish the stories.

    15. Have you ever read a book when you were really young and then forgot about it to the point that you thought you imagined the whole thing? Yeah, that's this book for me.I read it when I was 9 or 10 years old for a school project. I remember being really creeped out by the pictures, but also really fascinated. I recently discovered it again, and it's just as eerie as I remember it to be. Each one is creepy and strange and there's so much ambiguity and ah. So cool. So much imagination. I love it.(I [...]

    16. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van AllsburgThe brilliance of anything someone recommends is that there is the slim chance you might just have that little connection when you both love it as much as one another. It’s something that is surprisingly rare but when it happens, it’s a joy. Not only do you get the experience of the recommended item but also the shared connection. When this happens with a book it is all the more rewarding for all the reasons that lead us as adults to love [...]

    17. “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” is a brilliantly surreal book from Chris Van Allsburg and it is full of various stories that a mysterious man named Harris Burdick leaves behind for Chris Van Allsburg’s friend Peter Wenders to read over and the stories that the mysterious man leaves are only drawings that have titles and small captions under the titles. “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” is a beautifully surreal book that will enchant children for many years.Chris Van Allsburg had done [...]

    18. I love the concept and the background story to this book, it is a reflection of Van Allsburg's genius once more. However, I feel that this book will either be a hit or a miss with readers. I feel that kids would enjoy this book because they like mysteries; the disappearance of Harris Burdick is nothing short of a mystery. Readers who enjoy using their imaginations will also love trying to invent stories to go along with each page; it is almost a childhood instinct to see a vague statement and a [...]

    19. Jennica MundenPicture BooksCritical analysis: This is a collection of images produced by a mysterious man named Harris Burdick. Mr. Wenders, though he is retired now, once worked for a children’s book publisher. About 30 years ago, Mr. Burdick came to Mr. Wenders office to offer 14 written stories for which he had drawn many pictures for, and had brought one for each story to see if Mr. Wenders liked them. Mr. Wenders did like them, and requested to see the stories as soon as possible. However [...]

    20. Each year at my school we host a visiting author. As a part of that author visit, teachers create workshops that focus on different aspects of writing. Over the years, I've tried a variety of workshops -- none of them particularly interesting or well attended. This year, I decided to try something new!The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg is a truly unique book. The preface to the story is that the drawings that followed were a part of a book that was lost. Unfortunately, no one [...]

    21. 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 illustrati [...]

    22. With an idea per page, this tiny book reminds me of Calvino's If on a winter's night because both comprise only of beginnings. While Calvino has exhausted his ideas with words, the daring of Harris Burdick is remarkable, for it can induce the most dangerous of dreams or inspire a wonderful, wonderful story in the reader's mind. This is not the kind of book you skim in 14 seconds and are done with. You open a page and keep looking at it, mediate on the mysterious sketch, and turn the page only wh [...]

    23. This is an intriguing picture book. There are no words but it has well-crafted pictures that capture a moment of mystery. This book could be used from 3rd grade through high school to trigger the imagination. Students could work on there own storytelling/writing skills through a response to this book.

    24. For the illustrations alone I give 5 stars and this wonderful book really opens your imagination without effort. This book really brings out the kid in me. The excitement I felt imaging what could possibly come next and knowing that I can come up with my own ending is just priceless. I forget sometimes how fun it is to read great children's books.

    25. Много съм впечатлена: мистификация, приключение, прозорец към зрача на фантастичното. Свободно реещо се въображение в няколко миниатюрни объркващи изречения, придружени с още по-объркващи картини. Не съобщава, а отключва. Ако трябва да извадя имена от най-личната си практи [...]

    26. Beautiful evocative drawings, each with a caption that implies a mysterious 'lost' narrative. A bit like the hand drawn children's picture book version of a bunch of Gregory Crewdson photographs. It is such a great concept and, as the book suggest, probably great for an inspiring children's or fantastical creative writing. I only wish the book was twice as long.

    27. This book is 14 individual drawings with a caption and it is up to you to write the story. This books could be used in the classroom as journal prompts. Chris Van Allsburg's drawings are great. He is a fantastic artist.

    28. I love this book! It would be a great book to use in a creative writing exercise, where students would have to write a story to explain the pictures. I always wanted to try that I read it again in 1990, and enjoyed it all over again.

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