Jumanjiby Published 01 Jan 1981
|Publisher||Houghton Mifflin Company|
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. "Mr. Van Allsburg's illustrations have a beautiful simplicity of de-sign, balance, texture, and a subtle intelligence beyond the call of illustration." -- New York Times Book Review
As far as its illustrations go, Jumanji doesn't lag behind any book that had ever previously won the Caldecott Medal, in my view. Chris Van Allsburg's eerie use of shadowing is fantastic, and certainly deserving of the highest honors available to picture book illustrators. My first experience with this book was when my teacher read it to our class in first grade, and the scariness of the drawings has stayed with me ever since.
Readers who expect Jumanji to rival the movie adaptation in terms of its depth will likely feel let down. The movie was an entire re-imagining of the story, sparing no effort to fill it with great screenwriting, wonderful acting, believable family drama and thrilling action segments. As good as this book is, it's simply not of the same scope as the film version, and it will probably suffer in comparison. Nonetheless, this is the original brainchild of author Chris Van Allsburg, and he has done a spectacular job of bringing the story of Jumanji to life in this book.
I love the choice of the black and white illustrations of this book. Although Van Allsburg is known for this style of illustration in his books, I think he really uses it to his advantage in Jumanji. For example, note the shading from page to page. The second page, where the children leave the house and encounter the board game, the shading is much darker and provides a more ominous feeling that page before Peter and Judy say goodbye to their parents.
When the lion appears on the piano, not only does his body cast a shadow on the page but the lamp, an everyday object in the living room, casts a large dark shadow as well. This works to take the mundane setting that the children were in before and fuse it with the new conflicts from the game. We see this contrast again with the monkeys in the kitchen, next to a bowl of fruit and spilled sugar on the table. We see this again with the python intricately winding himself around the ordinary objects on the mantle, like the clock and vases.
Again with the shadowing, we see the page lighten up after the game has been won and Judy and Peter stand before their parents and their guests. Yet the shading darkens again with the next page as reader foreshadow the fate of Mrs. Budwing's sons when they pick up the game from the park.
This surrealistic art works very well with the message of this book. The realistic drawings, accompanied by the unrealistic images, really hit the mark for this story.
My granddaughter and I read this today; we both loved it. Different than the movie, but excellent itself. I think this has become a new favorite for her.
This story is filled with imagination, I mean what a great concept. I will say I saw the movie first. I enjoy this story and I wonder why he made the art in black and white. I think making it in hyper color would have really kicked it off and been like Pop, or the original Wizard of Oz where the color makes everything more. The black and white just didn't fit for me. I question that choice.
This book is exciting. The kids were engaged and on edge asking what was going to happen. It was intense. They loved it. This book holds up well. I find it very entertaining.
**2 Cuando el libro NO es mejor que la película STARS**
Pop Sugar Reading Challenge 2016 A book from the library.
Hace un par de días estaba sentada en el piso de la biblioteca, en el área infantil buscando libros para mi hija, justo cuando un libro salvaje llamo mi atención.
Como alguien que creció en los 90's la película Jumanji me marco y se convirtió en una de mis favoritas.
Así que cuando vi el libro (del que no tenia idea venia la película) inmediatamente lo puse en mi montón de libros para llevar.
Mucha, demasiada fue mi decepción, al encontrarme un libro con pequeñas partes de la historia de la película.
El libro solo se basa en los 2 hermanos jugando el juego.
Imaginen la película sin ninguna de sus escenas favoritas (como la del cazador, o los murciélagos, el drama con el padre) y sin sus personajes favoritos (No Robin Williams, No policía), eso es este libro.
Y tampoco lo puedo excusar diciendo que es una versión para niños pequeños, porque la verdad tampoco funciona como libro infantil. Las ilustraciones son demasiados sombrías, es una especie de libro de terror-fantasía, que aunque es corto te aburre.
Lo único positivo que me dejo este libro, es que ahora cuando uno de esos odioso lectores que casi no existen por supuesto me diga EL LIBRO SIEMPRE ES MEJOR QUE LA PELICULA, bueno pues ahora ya tengo un ejemplo y argumento sustentable para refutarles esa frase tan desesperante.