Author/Illustrator: Chris Van Allsburg

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Publication Date: 1981

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Audience: Gr. 3+

Awards: Caldecott Award

Overview: This absorbing book is a story about two bored siblings, Judy and Peter, who discover a board game outside of their house called Jumanji. The directions clearly state that once they have started the game they cannot stop until they reach the golden city of Jumanji. Throughout the book Judy and Peter encounter lions, monkeys, snakes, and even a volcano. Will they make it to Jumanji?

Activity: Have the students think of other obstacles Judy and Peter could have gone through in order to finish the game.

Reviewer’s Name: Alex Corbutt