Check out the Pride Celebration Treasure Hunt!
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Jumanji (1981)

by Chris Van Allsburg

Other authors: Todd Strasser (Editor)

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Jumanji (book 1)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,3002044,161 (4.18)35
  1. 10
    The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide (raizel)
    raizel: Both books deal with the dangers of playing board games.
  2. 00
    The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (raizel)
    raizel: Both books deal with children left home alone who endure escalating chaos until everything at last returns to normal.
  3. 00
    The Game Of Sunken Places by M. T. Anderson (foggidawn)
    foggidawn: Both books deal with children who discover a mysterious and potentially dangerous board game which they must play through to the end.

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 35 mentions

Showing 1-5 of 204 (next | show all)
This book is about a board game that comes to life. Many obstacles arise that the players must overcome in order to return to your original life. This book was engaging, creative, and mentally stimulating. I would use this book in a math class to show how to never give up; if you push through you can be stronger and smarter. ( )
  Elizabeth-Alaimo | Mar 17, 2019 |
I wish I had read this before seeing the movies. Peter and Judy find a game call Jumanji and it turns out to not be what it expected. This book would good for the classroom because the students can learn so much about their imaginations. This could be a good mentor text to encourage the students write about what they imagine. ( )
  Allee_Dana | Mar 17, 2019 |
I have watched this movie many times, but reading this book was amazing! It took the movie to a whole other level. This book is about two young kids named Peter and Judy. The two are bored and decide to play a game they found and it takes a turn for the worst. They experience crazy things and have to overcome it. This book would be a good book to read if you were teaching about animals or sci-fi in your literature class. ( )
  TaylorBraswell | Jan 30, 2019 |
shows how strong imagtion is. ( )
  coreylee75 | Nov 27, 2018 |
this book is great for the classroom because it teaches students about never giving up on something. ( )
  mls127 | Nov 26, 2018 |
Showing 1-5 of 204 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Chris Van Allsburgprimary authorall editionscalculated
Williams, RobinReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strasser, ToddEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rangnes, Brita StrandOvers.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

Has the adaptation

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To Tom S.

Thanks to Michaela, Allison, and Ruth
First words
“Now remember,” Mother said, “your father and I are bringing some guests by after the opera, so please keep the house neat.”
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary
Children find board game.
Strange jungle magic ensues.
Monkeys are funny.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0395304482, Hardcover)

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)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:18 -0400)

(see all 6 descriptions)

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.

» see all 3 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (4.18)
0.5 2
1 3
1.5 1
2 15
2.5 6
3 51
3.5 11
4 161
4.5 21
5 187

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 135,500,501 books! | Top bar: Always visible