What Happened to Harris Burdick?

I know, I know, I should probably be doing another Red Cedar Club review since we are starting next week.

It's just that I am just so excited about getting my ticket to see Chris Van Allsburg on November 9th! Chris Van Allsburg is an amazing author and illustrator! His many books appeal to children of all ages from 3 to 93. I first came to know his work many years ago when our family woke up one Christmas Eve morning to discover that Santa had brought our family an early gift of The Polar Express. (In my opinion the book is much much better than the movie ever was!) Over the years Van Allsburg has written many provoking tales including, Jumanji, (also a movie) Just a Dream, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, The Sweetest Fig, and many others, but most recently Queen of the Falls. However, his most perplexing tale was The Mysteries of Harris Burdick!

What has got me so excited is that on the 9th, I will finally get to find out what happened to Harris Burdick. For those of you who don't know the story, Burdick delivered a set of images and captions to a publisher. The publisher was very interested and asked Burdick to come back the next day. Unfortunately, Burdick never returned. The publisher, Peter Wenders, told Van Allsburg about it and in turn Van Allsburg told the story in his book, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

If you have never heard this story, we do have one copy in the library, and I personally have a collection of the pictures that I will happily share with you.

It seems that on the 9th, the mystery of the stories will finally be revealed! Lemony Snicket, renowned author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, (also turned into a movie) has attempted to figure it out himself. If you are interested in finding out more about Harris Burdock, I recently discovered a website called The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. I urge you to check it out and watch the documentary created by Snicket himself.

If you you are interested in seeing the great man himself, you should contact Vancouver Kidsbooks as soon as possible before tickets sell out.