Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
By various authors
Illustrated by Chris VanAllsburg

My Edition:
Hardcover, 196 pages
2011, Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780547548104

Who is Harris Burdick? In his intro, Lemony Snicket tells us that Burdick dropped off fourteen beautiful illustrations, each with their own title and caption, to a stranger, promising he’d return with more illustrations and stories to match. But he never returned, and so fourteen writers have done their best to put a story behind each picture (or perhaps, as Snicket theorizes, these fourteen were contacted by Burdick in secret and given the stories to match, or had them hidden in their homes for safe-keeping).

This book was recommended to me by my friend Mel, but even if she hadn’t pointed it out, the list of authors would have drawn me in.

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