Happy Birthday, Chris Van Allsburg, born 18 June 1949
- I write for what’s left of the eight-year-old still rattling around inside my head.
- The inclination to believe in the fantastic may strike some as a failure in logic, or gullibility, but it’s really a gift. A world that might have Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster is clearly superior to one that definitely does not.
- I don’t think ordinary things are very interesting, so I try to imagine a world that is less ordinary.
Van Allsburg is an American author and illustrator of children’s books. He won the Caldecott Medal for Jumanji and The Polar Express, both of which he wrote and illustrated, and both of which were adapted for film.
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