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Picture Book
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Houghton Mifflin Books

1982 Caldecott Medal winner

Peter and Judy are bored so they decide to go to the park near their home to look for adventure.  A board game appears and the two decide to play. With every roll of the dice their world fills with more and more unexpected animals and adventures. Once the game is started it must be finished.

Normal goes out the window and suddenly the two children find themselves in a fantastic world in search of Jumanji, The Golden City.  Will they ever find their way back to their house and all that they know?  Will their parents return from their night at the opera to find their children gone missing forever? 

32 pages               978-0547608389                          Ages 6-9

Keywords:  fantasy, game, siblings, Caldecott medal winner, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old, 9 year old

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com


The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizare adventure of their lives. In his second book for children, Chris Van Allsburg again explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startingly to life. His marvelous drawings beautifully convey a mix of the everyday and the extraordinary, as a quiet house is taken over by an exotic jungle.---from the publisher

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