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Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime... show more
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

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Birth date: 1949-06-18
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An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge
An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge rated it 1 year ago
I generally like Van Allsburg's books, but Jumanji didn't really capture me. I wanted more illustrations and more page turns to build tension and suspense rather than having each turn play out in one spread. The story is still good. I just think it could have been more effective if the book were for...
Ms. Morris' Classroom Library
Ms. Morris' Classroom Library rated it 2 years ago
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is about a boy who boards a mysterious train: The Polar Express bound for the North Pole. Once there, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy asks for one bell from the harness of a reindeer.On Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the tree...
Miss Wood's Library
Miss Wood's Library rated it 2 years ago
This book is another holiday classic that needs to be a part of every classroom library. Most schools participate in "Polar express day" where the students watch the movie and drink hot chocolate. I would read this book the week before Christmas Break and before that specific day. That is how I woul...
Mrs. Thornton's Classroom Library
Mrs. Thornton's Classroom Library rated it 2 years ago
This Christmas classic includes a young boy eager and lying awake one Christmas Eve, when he is invited aboard a magical train taking him to the North Pole. Through dark forests, over mountains, and across an ice desert, the Polar Express makes its way to the North Pole where the young boy will fina...
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog)
Ronyell (a.k.a Rabbitearsblog) rated it 3 years ago
Title: The Widow's BroomAuthor: Chris Van AllsburgGenre: Horror / Witches / Halloween Year Published: 1992Year Read: 2010Publisher: Houghton Mifflin CompanySource: LibraryContent Rating: Ages 5+ (Intense Themes of Witchcraft) “The Widow’s Broom” is a haunting story from the great mind of C...
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