He has a unique style that captivates children and adults alike.
And while I did and do appreciate the rich and detailed accompanying illustrations, I most definitely and desperately wanted and needed more information, more fleshed out characters and scenari While I have at least to a certain point enjoyed Chris Van Allsburg's Jumanji, to and for me, the presented narrative, the storyline as a whole does seem rather frustratingly incomplete and actually more like an outline as though some, if not actually most of the necessary story details are missing.
And while I did and do appreciate the rich and detailed accompanying illustrations, I most definitely and desperately wanted and needed more information, more fleshed out characters and scenarios.
Now I do realise that some might well and with even some justification point out that the illustrations actually somewhat augment the sparseness of Van Allsburg's featured written text. However and that being said, I think some of my own issues with Jumanji are probably precisely because I have always been an exceedingly textual read printed word oriented reader, that while a visual learner, I usually tend to think in words and NOT in pictures.
I do enjoy illustrations in books, but seem to regard these as more of a supplement and an addition, a decorative trim so to speak rather than the main or even a main focus which is probably also why I do not really enjoy wordless picture books and graphic novels all that much either.
And with Jumanji, there is just not enough text, not enough of a printed narrative, not enough "oomph" to even remotely satisfy me personally I finished the book and was basically thinking "Is that it? And now finally, I also must wonder a bit if having seen the movie before reading Jumanji might have made me expect a longer and more involved, more nuanced plot.
However, I do believe that even if I had not seen the movie, I still would have found the narrative of Jumanji somewhat majorly incomplete and rather sadly lacking in substance, with simply not enough printed information and certainly not really that sense of danger a jungle adventure like the one described in the story and by the illustrations demonstrates or hints at and while I do appreciate Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations, and enjoy their rich detail, I strongly belive that they would have been much much better and more evocative, more lively, with a bit of colour, but I tend to think that with most of van Allsburg's work, as I find his illustrative style as a whole much too dark and gloomy for my aesthetic tastes.Houghton Mifflin's The World of Chris Van Allsburg (an extensive site) Houghton Mifflin's Chris Van Allsburg page (includes interview, bio, teaching suggestions) Inez Ramsey's Chris Van Allsburg site (biography and links at Internet School Library).
Chris Vanallsburg - Research Paper Biographic Information for Chris Van Allsburg Chris Van Allsburg was born on June 18th, in Grand Rapids Michigan. As a child Chris ’ family moved three times, although always staying within Grand Rapids.
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