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Jumanji [Audio Cassette]

Chris Van Allsburg
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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January 1987
The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peter 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 bizzare adventure of their lives.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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When Judy and Peter find a board game in the park, they take it home, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored. Their jungle adventure game has come to life! Chris Van Allsburg is a master at walking the line between fantasy and reality. His unusually sculptured drawings (familiar to the many devoted fans of the Caldecott-winning The Polar Express and The Garden of Abdul Gasazi) convey the magical transition of a normal house to an exotic jungle. Readers will tremble along with Judy and Peter, urging them to roll the dice that will plunge them from one perilous predicament into another. Jumanji, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and winner of the 1982 Caldecott Medal, is sure to amaze and thrill even the most jaded young reader. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A beautiful simplicity of design, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." New York Times "A potent vision that lingers on and on" Booklist, starred review "Illustrated by fabulously realistic drawings of surreal adventures, pictures that are so infinitely detailed in three dimensions that they appear to move, breathe, and make sounds." Publishers Weekly "The illustrations are first class precise draughtsmanship with extraordinary imagery" The School Librarian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jungle fever July 9 2004
Chris Van Allsburg used to be my favorite picture book artist, and in many ways he remains so to this day. And it's books like, "Jumanji" that remind me why I love his work as strongly as I do. For some reason, Van Allsburg's picture books are so popular and so evocative that they are continually adapted into full screen motion pictures. "Polar Express" has just been turned into a computer animated extravaganza, and "Jumanji" was a Robin Williams vehicle once. Just the same, nothing compares to the original tale. Using his uber-realistic illustrations to highlight how incredibly bizarre the storyline is, this book is fully worthy of the 1982 Caldecott Medal it was awarded.

Peter and Judy have been left home alone by their opera going parents and boy are they boredy bored bored. After playing with their toys and making a mess they decide to take a run to the park. Once there, they discover an abandoned board game called Jumanji sitting beneath a tree. On a note taped to the bottom of the box read the words, "Free game, fun for some but not for all. P.S. Read instructions carefully". The kids don't know what to expect but they take the game with them anyway. After reading the instructions they find that once a person begins Jumanji they cannot stop until someone has won the game. The first roll of the die leads to a space that reads, "Lion attacks, move back two spaces". Suddenly there's a real live lion in the room, and it's regarding Peter hungrily. The kids realize, to their horror, that whatever happens on the board happens in real life. If they want to finish the game (and remain alive) they're going to have to continue.

The book really plays on the old idea of "when the parents are out the kids will get up to all kinds of unwitting mischief".
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4.0 out of 5 stars jumanji, for ms voorhees' book report assignment March 11 2003
In the book, Jumanji, you enter into a day in the lives of Peter and Judy, whose last names are unknown to the reader. Thier parents leave home to go to a party, they bring out all thier toys which they werent supposed to do, and then get bored. They walk to the park to go for a walk when they come accross a small game box under a tree. They play with the box, only to find out the true nature of jumanji is that when you land on a square and you are read your fate, the action actually happens. Eventually, they play through the game and have quite an adventure. The book is nothing like the movie.
I enjoyed the book, it was very well illustrated and the story amused me. Anyone who enjoys childrens books will enjoy this book, young people especailly, and is a great book for younger readers just starting to learn to read. If you read the book expecting it to be like the movie you will be sorely dissappointed however, because the book is much shorter, has less of a plot, and is set up basically for younger readers. But it is still a very well done book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jumanji March 31 2001
When two children are left home alone for the afternoon, they find a mysterious board game named "Jumanji: A Jungle Adventure" in the forest. As they begin to play, Peter lands on a spot marked "Lion attacks, move back two spaces." Judy has a look of horror on her face, when a real lion appears in the living room! Peter quickly manages to get the lion locked up in the bedroom. Judy then lands on "monkeys steal food" and finds live monkeys tearing apart the family's kitchen. The children go on to face other dangerous obstacles, including a rhinoceros stampede, during the course of the game. Read to find out if their adventure ever ends before the children's parents arrive home to a disaster!
Van Allsburg won a Caldecott Medal for this wonderful story. The illustrations are done in grays with shading. The pictures of people, animals, and the setting are very realistic. Most of the pictures are at eye level, so the reader feels like he or she is in the house along with the characters. The story itself is so colorful and adventurous that the black and white pictures complement the mystical aspects of this fantastic story!
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4.0 out of 5 stars LIONS, MONKEYS, AND, RHINOS, OH MY! Feb. 20 2000
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In Jumangi, Chris Van Allsburg details the story of Peter and Judy's afternoon. Through his words and pictures, he describes their eventful afternoon. On a boring afternoon, these two siblings are left alone. Before their parents leave, the two children are warned not to disorganize the house. However, once the children find an interesting board game, their once boring and uneventful afternoon becomes full of action and a bit of chaos. In this picture book, the author, who is also the illustrator uses black and white illustrations that are full of depth. Through his descriptive words and pictures, one can clearly witness the children's afternoon. The simple, yet detailed illustrations add to the characters, sets the setting, and mood. Jumanji's award winning illustrations are unique and add to the concept of fantasy in the book. Many children will enjoy this story or anyone who has experienced a boring afternoon or played an imaginative board game. The book may be slightly scary for younger children, but will encompass the attention of older readers. This book takes the reader along with the children on a wonderful adventure. JUMANJI!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jumanji
Have there ever been monkeys jumping around in your kitchen, or a lion destroying your bedroom, with a huge volcano irrupting in your house? Read more
Published on May 20 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary
I am a Van Allsburg fan but this book, though very good, is not one of my favorites. Some young children may be frightened by the illustrations. Read more
Published on March 28 2004 by ardnam
1.0 out of 5 stars Jumanji
Although the reading level listed is for 4-8 year olds and the editorial review states the book is for 9-12 year olds, this is a PICTURE BOOK suitable for 4-5 year olds. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Polar Express
This is such a magical book. It really takes you back to your childhood and lets you imagination run wild. You get such a warm fuzzy feeling when reading this book. Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2000 by Heather Wollan
3.0 out of 5 stars Jumanji
This book is about two kids who find a game. They forget to read the instructions and find themselves in trouble. Read more
Published on April 11 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars This a nice book
I have read 4 books of Chris Van Allsburg so far including "Jumanji".I have also seen the movie long time ago. Read more
Published on March 15 2000 by Space
5.0 out of 5 stars Sock-removing illustrations
This book is one you can go back to year after year, but be warned, it's not at all warm and fuzzy. The illustrations are absorbing and satisfying in depth and detail, pulling you... Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I first read this book in second grade, and ever since then, I've loved it. (I'm a freshman in college now). I remember loving the drawings. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy, I would love to play this game.
This children's book is about two children who find a board game based on a jungle setting that actually comes "alive" when they begin playing it. Read more
Published on May 30 1999 by R. D. Allison (dallison@biochem.med.ufl.edu)
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