Chris Van Allsburg Biography
Chris Van Allsburg won Caldecott Medals for his lavishly illustrated books Jumanji (1982) and The Polar Express (1986). Van Allsburg's books are known for their mysterious stories and whimsically dreamy images, all meticulously illustrated. He was one of the most prolific and successful children's illustrators of the 1980s and 1990s, and continued publishing books into the 21st century. His other books include Ben's Dream (1982), The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1985), The Wretched Stone (1991), and Zathura, a follow-up to Jumanji, in 2001. His 2011 illustrated book Queen of the Falls retold the true story of Annie Edison Taylor, who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel on her 63rd birthday in 1901.