Children’s book author and illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg’s art haunted me as a child. Almost photorealistic, the images in “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” are bleak and… mysterious. Black and white and very simple, they make you think. For example, the picture posted here says “the fifth one ended up in France”. The audience assumes the “fifth one” is another nun in a flying chair. There is no more explanation and there won’t be. Like a few other books that we read in our childhoods, this one skirted the edge between children’s book and down-right gloomy.
Van Allsburg also illustrated for Jumanji and The Polar Express.