Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
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.View Author
While the popular movie of the same title starring Robin Williams veers considerably from this classic children's book, it makes me enjoy this wonderful book all the more. I especially enjoy the clever ending of the book. The black and white illustrations are exquisitely detailed, and the story is full of adventure and excitement (and fortunately for families with young readers not as intense or suspenseful as the show).