Chris Van Allsburg

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Birthday
18, 1949
Birthplace
Grand Rapids, MI
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
18, 1949 (age 69)
Birthplace
Grand Rapids, MI

About

American children's book author and illustrator best known for Jumanji and The Polar Express. He won two won two Caldecott Medals for his illustrations, in 1982 and 1986.

Before Fame

He studied sculpture at the University of Michigan and the Rhode Island School of Design and he opened his own sculpture studio before focusing on his writing.

Trivia

He was also a Caldecott runner-up in 1980 for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi.

Family Life

He married Lisa Van Allsburg, and they had two daughters: Sophia and Anna.

Associated With

His story, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, which he wrote and illustrated, was the inspiration for "The House on Maple Street" by Stephen King.