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About the Author
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com.
School Library Journal, Starred Classic Van Allsburg air, like something out of a dream...hinting at mysteries lurking behind the here and now.
The Washington Post Magnificent sepia-toned art...works magic with people, place and predicament. A delicious tale about just desserts.
The San Francisco Chronicle A Van Allsburg book is always worth waiting for.
The San Diego Union-Tribune Imagine how tempting it might be to be able to hypnotize your little sister.
The Chicago Tribune A rare outing from Van Allsburg, featuring as smooth a case of payback as ever was.
Kirkus Reviews The nostalgic...sepia-tone artwork is eye-catching...it will draw kids into the story with angled, theatrical images.
Booklist, ALA Enough of a spooky edge to the hypnotic proceedings to make the plot...intriguing even before the final twist.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books The story of Probuditi!...[is] about the lure of magic.
Publishers Weekly Van Allsburg works his magic.
Kansas City Star Chris Van Allsburg, a master of surprise endings, wraps a captivating story in lush, warm full-page illustrations in pencil over pastels in burnt sienna that ooze the heat of a summer day in the early 1940s.
The Chicago Sun-Times This story of magic and gullibility will keep readers guessing until the very end...sepia-tone drawings match the mid-20th century setting.
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