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Chris Van Allsburg


American children’s book author and illustrator most widely known for Jumanji as well as the Polar Express. He gained two gained two Caldecott Medals for his illustrations, in 1982 and 1986. He examined sculpture on the School of Michigan as well as the Rhode Isle School of Style and he opened up his very own sculpture studio room before concentrating on his composing. He was also a Caldecott runner-up in 1980 for YOUR GARDEN of Abdul Gasazi. He wedded Lisa Truck Allsburg, plus they acquired two daughters: Sophia and Anna. His tale, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, which he composed and illustrated, was the motivation for “THE HOME on Maple Road” by Stephen Ruler.

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Full Name Chris Van Allsburg
Date Of Birth June 18, 1949
Place Of Birth Grand Rapids, MI
Profession Children's Author
Education University of Michigan, Rhode Island School of Design
Nationality American
Spouse Lisa Van Allsburg
Parents Richard Van Allsburg, Doris Christianen Van Allsburg
Awards Caldecott Medal, Regina Medal, World Fantasy Special Award—Professional
Nominations Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Books, Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, Edgar Award for Best Juvenile, Locus Award for Best Art Book, National Book Award for Children’s Books (Picture Books, Hardcover)
Movies Zathura: A Space Adventure, The Polar Express, Jumanji
Star Sign Gemini

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Zathura: A Space Adventure 2005 book
The Polar Express 2004 book
Jumanji 1995 book / screen story



The Polar Express 2004 executive producer
How to Deal 2003 executive producer

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The Little Mermaid 1989 visual development artist



The World of Chris Van Allsburg: Author Behind 'Zathura' 2006 Video documentary short Himself

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