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The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Toronto Librarians are on strike. There is no need to panic… Ahhhhhhhh!

Failing to reach a labour agreement over the weekend 2,400 librarians went on strike. All 98 library branches across Toronto are close as of Monday. The library is asking borrowers to hold on to all checked out books and materials. No overdue fines will be charged during the strike. Folks, it’s important we remain calm and optimistic. The libraries will open again. I’ll keep you apprise on the situation as it unfolds. Keep reading…

I am prepared for such an emergency; my bookshelves are stocked and I have checked with Amazon, they have 24 hours shipping. Worst-case scenario, I’ll just reread one of my favorites, like The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

Previously showcased on B is for Books, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick remains one of the biggest unsolved mystery in children’s book publishing. There have been many speculations and rumors over the years but no concrete evidence has surfaced on the whereabouts of Harris Burdick. Released just last year, The Chronicles of Harris Burdick only added fuel to the fire, flaming more speculations and rumors.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick is a collection of short stories by fourteen remarkable best-selling authors in the worlds of both adult and children’s: Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg himself.

Chris Van Allsburg’s drawings evoke such eerie imagery that it is not surprising many of stories are strange themselves. A lot of the stories cover deep, dark, and in some cases sinister subject matter like death, abuse, lost, and regret. I was unprepared for the tone of the book so I was a little taken back and had to adjust to the fact that the sequel to The Mysteries of Harris Burdick was no longer a children’s book. These weird and wonderful collections of short stories are more suited for mature readers.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick is a meaty book and should hold you over for at least a couple of days during the strike. Remember stay calm and read on.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick, a children’s book review by Thao Lam

Authors

Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Kate DiCamillo, Cory Doctorow, Jules Feiffer, Stephen King, Tabitha King, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Walter Dean Myers, Linda Sue Park, Louis Sachar, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, and Chris Van Allsburg.

 

Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg

Want to solve the mystery of Chris Van Allsburg, check out his website www.chrisvanallsburg.com

 

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)

ISBN-10 0547548109

ISBN-13 978-0547548104