The magical worlds of Chris Van Allsburg

Yesterday I mentioned how much I love buying used books from Thriftbooks. One of the best things about the site is being able to search for old books that I loved as a child.

One of my favorite author-illustrators from childhood is Chris Van Allsburg. You probably remember some of his most famous books, Jumanji and The Polar Express. Many of his books have been adapted into movies (some successfully, some not). But the worlds that he builds in his gorgeous, dramatic and striking illustrations are breathtaking.

Part of the magic of Van Allsburg’s illustrations, which often include children, is the scale. He takes the reader right into the middle of a scene…

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from Jumanji

Or pulls so far back that we feel like we’re peeking into the world in miniature….

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from Jumanji

As a child these books fueled my imagination and my sense of wonder…

And brought a feeling of extraordinary to the ordinary. They still do!

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from Zathura

Do you have a favorite author from childhood? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

– Jenna

 

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