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The Cheap Reader is Alison. She works in a library and dreams of one day becoming a Youth Services Librarian. She loves reading and has a soft spot in her heart for YA and MG fiction.

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales - Jules Feiffer, Lois Lowry, Gregory Maguire, Sherman Alexie, M.T. Anderson, Louis Sachar, Kate DiCamillo, Walter Dean Myers, Tabitha King, Chris Van Allsburg, Cory Doctorow, Jon Scieszka, Lemony Snicket, Linda Sue Park, Stephen King I’ve always enjoyed Van Allsburg’s picture books. They have some amazing artwork. The stories are a bit quirky but enjoyable. I knew I needed to read this book as soon as I heard about it. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick has some really interesting art, title, and captions. It would be pretty awesome to read the stories that big time authors write to go along with those pictures.Like all short story collections, there are some good and not so good stories. Sherman Alexie’s “A Strange Day In July” was delightfully creepy in that way children can be creepy. Linda Sue Park’s “The Harp” was really good. It was just a touch of magic with a heartfelt story. I would have loved to hear more of that story. M. T. Anderson’s “Just Desert” was an unexpected touch of science fiction that was great. It was another story I would have loved to see stretched out. Chris Van Allsburg’s “Oscar and Alphonse” worked really well as a short story. Those were probably my favorite of the collection.Thankfully there weren’t any really bad stories in this collection. The other stories were enjoyable but they didn’t rock my world.The bottom line? An enjoyable collection of stories. Definitely worth picking up if you want some fantastical short stories.