The Sweetest Fig

  • Filename: the-sweetest-fig.
  • ISBN: 0395673461
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 28
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

After being given two magical figs that make his dreams come true, Monsieur Bibot sees his plans for future wealth upset by his long-suffering dog.

The Sweetest Fig

  • Filename: the-sweetest-fig.
  • ISBN: 1610032233
  • Release Date: 2014-03-01
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher:

After being given two magical figs that make his dreams come true, Monsieur Bibot sees his plans for future wealth upset by his long-suffering dog.

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi

  • Filename: the-garden-of-abdul-gasazi.
  • ISBN: 039527804X
  • Release Date: 1979
  • Number of pages: 33
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

When the dog he is caring for runs away from Alan into the forbidden garden of a retired dog-hating magician, a spell seems to be cast over the contrary dog.

Queen of the Falls

  • Filename: queen-of-the-falls.
  • ISBN: 9780547315812
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 40
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Recounts how, at the turn of the nineteenth century, retired charm school teacher Annie Edson Taylor planned and executed her daring feat to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, earning her the name "Queen of the Falls."

The Wretched Stone

  • Filename: the-wretched-stone.
  • ISBN: 0395533074
  • Release Date: 1991
  • Number of pages: 31
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A strange glowing stone picked up on a sea voyage captivates a ship's crew and has a terrible transforming effect on them.

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

  • Filename: the-mysteries-of-harris-burdick.
  • ISBN: 9780395827840
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 16
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Enigmatic drawings invite the reader to invent his or her own stories to explain each scene.

The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children s Literature

  • Filename: the-continuum-encyclopedia-of-children-s-literature.
  • ISBN: 0826417787
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 863
  • Author: Bernice E. Cullinan
  • Publisher: A&C Black

Provides articles covering children's literature from around the world as well as biographical and critical reviews of authors including Avi, C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and Anno Mitsumasa.


  • Filename: jumanji.
  • ISBN: 0395304482
  • Release Date: 1981
  • Number of pages: 31
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizare adventure of their lives. In his second book for children, Chris Van Allsburg again explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startingly to life. His marvelous drawings beautifully convey a mix of the everyday and the extraordinary, as a quiet house is taken over by an exotic jungle.

Just a Dream

  • Filename: just-a-dream.
  • ISBN: 0395533082
  • Release Date: 1990
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment.

Challenging and Controversial Picturebooks

  • Filename: challenging-and-controversial-picturebooks.
  • ISBN: 9781317631606
  • Release Date: 2015-06-05
  • Number of pages: 340
  • Author: Janet Evans
  • Publisher: Routledge

It is often assumed that picturebooks are for very young readers because of their emphasis on the illustrations and their scarcity of text; however, there are increasing numbers of picturebooks where the age of the implied reader is questionable. These are picturebooks whose controversial subject matter and unconventional, often unsettling style of illustration challenge the reader, pushing them to question and probe deeper to understand what the book is about. In addition to the book challenging the reader, the reader often challenges the book in an attempt to understand what is being said. These increasingly popular picturebooks work on many different levels; they are truly polysemic and worthy of in-depth analysis. They push the reader to ask questions and in many instances are intrinsically philosophical, often dealing with fundamental life issues. Challenging and Controversial Picturebooks examines these unconventional, non-conformist picturebooks, considering what they are, their audience and their purpose. It also considers: Children’s and adults’ thoughts on these kinds of picturebooks. How challenging and unsettling wordless picturebooks can play with the mind and promote philosophical thought. What creates non-conformity and strangeness ... is it the illustrations and their style, the subject matter or a combination of both? Why certain countries create, promote and accept these picturebooks more than others. Why certain picturebooks are censored and what factors are in play when these decisions are made. The role of publishers in translating and publishing these picturebooks. Children’s creative and critical responses to strange, unsettling and often disturbing visual texts. This inspiring and thought-provoking volume explores the work of a number of highly respected, international picturebook experts and includes an exclusive interview with the legendary Klaus Flugge, Managing Director of Andersen Press, one of the few remaining independent children’s book publishers in England. It is an indispensable reference for all interested in or working with picturebooks, including researchers, students in higher and teacher education, English advisors/inspectors, literacy consultants and classroom teachers.

The Polar Express

  • Filename: the-polar-express.
  • ISBN: 9780547771281
  • Release Date: 2015-09-15
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

1986 Caldecott Medal Winner A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes an author’s note.

The Stranger

  • Filename: the-stranger.
  • ISBN: 0395423317
  • Release Date: 1986
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author:
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

The enigmatic origins of the stranger that Farmer Bailey hits with his truck and brings home to recuperate seem to have a mysterious relation to the weather. Could he be Jack Frost? "The author-illustrator has woven a thread of fantasy in and around his realistic illustrations to give the reader, once again, a story that stays in the imagination." -- Horn Book


  • Filename: zathura.
  • ISBN: 0618253963
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Left on their own for an evening, two boisterous brothers find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical space adventure board game.

The Fig Orchard

  • Filename: the-fig-orchard.
  • ISBN: 0989455408
  • Release Date: 2013-07
  • Number of pages: 450
  • Author: Layla Fiske
  • Publisher: Rancho Publishing, LLC

The unforgettable story of a woman splintered by war and cultural mores, desperately struggling to hold her family together, THE FIG ORCHARD is a rich, compelling epic of love, heroism, family and empowerment. In an isolated, tradition-bound village high above the Jordan River, balancing delicately amidst age-old superstitions and religious orthodoxy, Nisrina Huniah, a fifteen-year-old girl, is torn between innocent imaginings and looming apprehensions as she marries a man she has never met, only to fall in love on the night they are wed. Her joy takes a heart-wrenching turn when the encroaching World War fiercely shatters her reality, propelling her on an unexpected journey where she develops friendships that ultimately alter her perception of herself and the world around her. Beautifully written, this sweeping epic of love and friendship, longing, and the hope of redemption is woven into a colorful tapestry that comes alive against the vibrant backdrop of life in early twentieth-century Middle East. With its haunting and deeply affecting ending, THE FIG ORCHARD will remain in the hearts and minds of its readers long after the last page is turned.

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