Hold the Twilight Zone in your hands!

Summary:

According to Lemony Snicket (who wrote the introduction), Harris Burdick has disappeared but he left behind a collection of 14 stories, each built around a different illustration. Snicket surmises that even though other famous authors have put their names to the stories - M. T. Anderson, Sherman Alexie, Jules Feiffer, Lois Lowry, Louis Sacher, Kate DiCamillo, Stephen King, et al - the true author is Mr. Burdick. 


BTYSA / Young Adult Reader (26):
The compilation of stories is very interesting. They caught my attention and kept me reading to the next one. These are short stories and the picture before each story helped me get a picture in my mind of what is written. I liked both of those things. In fact, there isn't anything I disliked about The Chronicles of Harris Burdick.

Some stories were more enjoyable than other, but that's normal. t short (v. reading one long story). I also liked the images before the stories so that I could get a picture in my mind of each story. I could not think of anything that made me dislike the book, I just liked some stories more than others. Overall, this is an entertaining, interesting read that great for readers who prefer shorter stories with twisty endings.

Parent Perspective:
I felt like I was "reading" The Twilight Zone. The author(s) create a wonderful mystery around Harris Burdick to set the stage, and then each story takes the reader to a different place, time, and sense of being. 

Perfect for bedtime or anytime, these short stories will have great appeal for those who say they don't like to read. It would be an exceptional audiobook choice, too. According to several Amazon.com reviews, this book should be read after The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. I did not see that until after I read the Chronicles. I don't feel like I was missing anything, but will definitely find that book based on how much I liked this one.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love eerie (but not really scary) stories will have plenty of choices in this collection! We especially love that you can pick a story based on the illustration and/or title ... and don't have to read them in any particular order!

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This is a collection of 14 short stories, each built around an illustration. It has a "Twilight Zone" feel to it. It is an exceptional choice as a high interest / low readability book.
Educational Themes:

Like the authors who participated in creating stories for this collection, show your reader an illustration and ask them to build a story around it. Another option is to ask them what they see in the picture.

Reading Level:
5.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 26
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy if you have a reluctant reader or someone who likes short stories. This is fun to read!

Title The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales
Author Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers © 2011
Illustrators Chris Van Allsburg
ISBN 9780547548104
Material Hard Cover
Cost $24.99
Genres Fantasy, Short Stories, Art, Anthology
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