The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
By various authors
Illustrated by Chris VanAllsburg
Hardcover, 196 pages
2011, Houghton Mifflin
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.