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Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Jumanji (1981)

by Chris Van Allsburg

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    raizel: Both books deal with children left home alone who endure escalating chaos until everything at last returns to normal.
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    foggidawn: Both books deal with children who discover a mysterious and potentially dangerous board game which they must play through to the end.

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Talk about the game coming to life. Two children were bored and found a game that they decided to play while their parents were gone. Every time one of them took a turn, the game would become realistic. In order for the game to end and everything return to normal someone had to win and yell JUMANJI! ( )
  MarieM5 | Jul 20, 2018 |
Beautiful images add to the quirkiness and fantasy of the story. Would be a fun one to pull out during narrative study. Liked that it's of a short snippet of time.
  hl8 | Jul 12, 2018 |
This book is also a movie and I think all children enjoy it. It takes you on an adventure and you feel like your in the book. ( )
  PDestiny | Apr 24, 2018 |
There are two children who found themselves being bored and had nothing else to do. They decide to play this board game that leads them into a wild adventure. Animals keep appearing from the game and the house soon turns into a jungle. Wanting to quit the game, they continue on the adventure. ( )
  Nicolefern | Apr 23, 2018 |
This a story of two children that got left alone and got bored and restless. The students found excitement in a board game and read the instructions. They found out that it was not an ordinary board game every time they would roll a an animal would apear. Peter got scared and wanted to quit but Judy reminded him that they had to finish the game, so they did. Many other Animals began to apear, and house started to become a jungle. In the End they were able to finish the game. A good activity; will be a compare and contrast activity of the book and the movie. ( )
  zmercado | Apr 22, 2018 |
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“Now remember,” Mother said, “your father and I are bringing some guests by after the opera, so please keep the house neat.”
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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)

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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.

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