If you like authors Lemony Snicket, Chris Van Allsburg, M. T. Anderson, Jon Scieszka, Cory Doctorow, Lois Lowery, Jules Feiffer, or Stephen King, I have a unique book to satisfy all those author cravings and more. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg collects 14 short stories, each with an illustration, into one book. Aimed at older readers and teenagers, the story behind the title is that in the 1930s or 1940s a man named Harris Burdick approached a book publisher with an unusual teaser for a collection of stories; Mr. Burdick presented only the illustrations to go with his stories. However, instead of coming back with written words Mr. Burdick disappeared without a trace. Years later author Chris Van Allsburg received the illustrations and asked his author friends to write short stories about each picture. Privately though, this librarian believes Chris Van Allsburg did all the illustrations and came up with the idea to unite his favorite authors in one volume, published originally in 2011. Each picture and short story is a treat to the reader, ranging from just a few pages long to 10 pages or more. The size of the book is closer to a picture book size and the pages are thick, resulting in a rather heavy volume, but this is still not too long of a read for even younger kids.
You can get the book reviewed hereand more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”