18 April 2010
"The Mysteries of Harris Burdick"
Chris Van Allsburg is a Caldecott-Medal-winning illustrator and author of children's books. This past week I read his 1984 book, "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick," which consists of about a dozen images such as the one above ("Under The Rug"), and only the title and one sentence to go along with each picture (in this case "Two weeks passed and it happened again.")
You could read this book in five minutes, but that would defeat the purpose. The idea is to ponder the illustration and the minimal text and then dream up a story of your own. This would best be done by reading out loud in the company of a small child, so if you're going to read the book and don't have a child - borrow one.
Labels: recommended books