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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 the Paperback edition.
Mr. Van Allsburg's illustrations have a beautiful simplicity of design, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." The New York Times
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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".Read more ›
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!
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 20 2004
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 morePublished on March 28 2004 by ardnam
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 morePublished on Dec 16 2002
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 morePublished on Oct. 11 2000 by Heather Wollan
This book is about two kids who find a game. They forget to read the instructions and find themselves in trouble. Read morePublished on April 11 2000
I have read 4 books of Chris Van Allsburg so far including "Jumanji".I have also seen the movie long time ago. Read morePublished on March 15 2000 by Space
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 morePublished on Jan. 19 2000