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Tales From Outer Suburbia


  • In spirit, these stories are something akin to the wit and wisdom of Shel Silverstein. The surrealist art of Rene Magritte also comes to mind, but perhaps Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Houghton, 1984) comes closest as a comparable work. While somewhat hard to place due to the unusual nature of the piece, this book is a small treasure, or, rather, a collection of treasures.
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  • The thoughtful and engaged reader will take from these stories an experience as deep and profound as with anything he or she has ever read.


Anderson, M. T. Whales on Stilts. Harcourt, 2005.

Barnett, Mac. Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem. Disney/Hyperion, 2009.

Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander. Scholastic, 2003.

Cowan, Catherine. My Life with the Wave. Lothrop, 1997.

Rex, Adam. The True Meaning of Smekday. Hyperion, 2007.

Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. Scholastic, 2007.

Van Allsburg, Chris. Jumanji. Houghton Mifflin, 1981.

Van Allsburg, Chris. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Houghton Mifflin, 1984.

Van Allsburg, Chris. Zathura: A Space Adventure. Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

Wiesner, David. Flotsam. Clarion, 2006.

Wiesner, David. Free Fall. Lothrop, 1988.

Wiesner, David. June 29, 1999. Clarion, 1992.

Wiesner, David. Sector 7. Clarion, 1999.

Wiesner, David. The Three Pigs. Clarion, 2001.