Bad Day at Riverbend (Hardcover)

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Master artist and storyteller Chris Van Allsburg presents a surrealistic journey into the imagination.

This provocative story within a story leads readers to ponder the realities of fictional worlds and the lives of the characters who populate them.

Riverbend was a quiet little town, the kind of place where one day was just like all the rest and nothing ever happened. Occasionally the stagecoach rolled through, but it never stopped, because no one ever came to Riverbend and no one ever left.

The day the stagecoach stood motionless in the center of town, Sheriff Ned Hardy knew something was terribly wrong. What was the mysterious substance on both coach and horses? It would not come off. Soon it was everywhere in the tidy little village. Something had to be done, and Sheriff Hardy aimed to do it.

From two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg, creator of Jumanji and The Polar Express.

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at 

Praise For…

"It's a book that starts with one point of view and steps into another. The average bildungsroman acoomplishes this kind of transition in several hundred pages: Van Allsburg does it in thirty-two." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers —

Product Details
ISBN: 9780395673478
ISBN-10: 039567347X
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: October 30th, 1995
Pages: 32
Language: English