Jumanji: Chris Van Allsburg


  • Author/Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

  • Publication Year: 1981

  • Brief Summary: Judy and Peter go on a surprising adventure when the board game they found comes to life and transforms the world around them into a jungle. They quickly realize that to survive the jungle’s many dangers (including a lion, wild monkeys, etc.), they need to finish the game.

  • Awards (if any):

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • Higher grades can watch the accompanying movie.  Are there many differences between the movie and the book?  Which does the children prefer?

    • Read Zathura, a sequel of sorts to Jumanji, except this time the game takes place in outer space.  If you can play a board game and have it come to life — what kind of game would it be?  Jungle, space, or something else?  (How about Candyland?  Chutes and Ladders?)

    • With your partner, make your own board game…what kind of adventures will you have the players go on?

    • If you were to write out the instructions for this game, what key steps would you include?

    • Make a timeline of important events

    • Imagine wild animals show up in your home, classroom, bedroom, your favorite restaurant, grandma’s house…write about your reactions and what you might do.

  • Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

    • Text-to-self connections

    • Math skills (counting in board games)

    • Writing instructions

    • Extrapolating important/main events; timeline

  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.:  DVD of movie is available through Netflix

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library



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