· The Wretched Stone || ☆ PDF Download by á Chris Van Allsburg

By Chris Van Allsburg | Comments: ( 872 ) | Date: ( Oct 23, 2019 )

In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal.


  • Title: The Wretched Stone
  • Author: Chris Van Allsburg
  • ISBN: 9780395533079
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Chris Van Allsburg

Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg His sister Karen was born in 1947 Chris s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk and made the other products they delivered it to homes all around Grand Rapids in yellow and blue trucks When Chris was born, his family lived in an old farm house next door to the large brick creamery building It was a very old house that, like the little house in Virginia Lee Burton s story, had once looked over farmland But by 1949, the house was surrounded by buildings and other houses Chris s father ran the dairy with Chris s three uncles after his grandfather Peter retired When Chris was three years old, his family moved to a new house at the edge of Grand Rapids that was part of a development a kind of planned neighborhood, that was still being built There remained many open fields and streams and ponds where a boy could catch minnows and frogs, or see a firefly at night It was about a mile and a half to Breton Downs School, which Chris walked to every day and attended until 6th grade, when the Van Allsburg family moved again The next house they lived in was an old brick Tudor Style house in East Grand Rapids It was a street that looked like the street on the cover of The Polar Express The houses were all set back the same distance from the street Between the street and the sidewalk grew enormous Elm trees whose branches reached up and touched the branches of the trees on the other side of the street Chris moved to this street with his mom, dad, sister, and two Siamese cats One named Fafner and the other name Eloise Chris went to junior and senior high school in East Grand Rapids He didn t take art classes during this time His interests and talents seemed to be in the area of math and science.



Comments The Wretched Stone

  • Whitney

    A wonderful allegory about the dangers of television for children. Adults can learn something from reading it as well.


  • Leah Mullenaux

    The Wretched Stone is an interesting, somewhat spooky picture book. It is narrated by a sailor via his personal diary. He and his crew are sailing in the ocean, and they come across an uncharted island. This island bears no fruit, no drinkable water, and no life whatsoever, but they do find a curious, glowing stone and bring it aboard the ship. The narrator finds that his once lively, fun crew who used to read, tell stories, and dance are now too absorbed in this strange stone to do anything but [...]


  • Georgette Quinn

    We really liked this book. My daughter pointed out that the glowing stone could easily be electronics. I'm really enjoying how my young daughter is figuring out different meanings in the books we are reading and applying them to her life. Chris Van Allsburg is a wonderful writer that helps make kids think more deeply about the world.


  • Josiah

    Wow. This is a very strange story, but strange in an altogether positive way. Though working with the full spectrum of color in his artwork instead of sticking to his traditional black-and-white palate, Chris Van Allsburg has retained the intangible element of darkness that always somehow permeates his drawings. The story of the sailing crew that finds the title stone is an eerie one, frightening at times, and Chris Van Allsburg makes it all very real by the dimensional quality of his illustrati [...]


  • Miriam

    Happening upon an uncharted island, a ship's crew discovers and removes a strange, glowing stone. Soon all but the Captain are in thrall to its light. Can he save his men from their subhuman state?


  • Jenna Dillon

    Summary:In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal.Genre: mystery, legend, fictionReading Level: The level of this book is clearly fluent because there are multiple paragraphs on each page with smaller font and little space between the letters. There are complex sentences and a variety of words. There are difficult spelling pa [...]


  • Jennifer

    The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg sort of has the same theme going on when comparing it to “The Stranger”. His stories are definitely different than the average picture book. I do enjoy that Allsburg isn’t afraid to write such diverse stories when it comes to writing about fantasy and where our imagination as readers can take us. I thought it was interesting that he picked a rock to have such power to change the ship crew into monkeys. By looking at the pictures the monkeys looked s [...]


  • Samantha Jones

    The Wretched Stone left me feeling kind of odd. The writing itself was quite direct, written as excerpts from a captain's journal while aboard the ship, Rita Anne. The merry crew came across an uncharted island where they found an object that would change them. Fortunately, the crew returns to its previous form with the aid of reading and music-making. The illustrations decked out most of the pages, and were a great help in understanding the story. However, the intended message, if any, was sadl [...]


  • Elizabeth Hendy

    Summary: This is the story of a bunch of men off at sea discovering new islands. They come across one island and they find a glowing stone. So, they bring the stone onto the ship and become captivated by it. They stop doing their jobs and just sit and watch the stone. That is all they do, for days at a time. One day, the captain comes down and sees that they have all turned into monkeys. He decides to destroy the stone, and the monkeys return to men. Evaluation: I gave this story a four for the [...]


  • Tiffany Fox

    Title: The Wretched StoneAuthor: Chris Van AllsburgIllustrator: Chris Van AllsburgPublisher/Date: HMH/ 10/28/1991Pages/Format: 32/ HardcoverISBN: 9780395533079In a story recounted through the daily log of Captain Allan Hope, the sailors aboard the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock, and only music and books can restore them to normal.Told though log entries, Captain Allan Hope tells a very vivid and colorful tale of a strange island with bitter waters and a [...]


  • Rhonda Lee

    This book is almost like a journal, a sailor on board a ship writes entries of his daily life on the ship with the crew. The ship sets sail out to the sea just fine until the crew runs low on food and pull ashore a small island. No food was found and the water was too bitter to drink. An interesting object was found and brought aboard the ship. A two feet flat rock that took six strong men to carry onto the ship! Strangely, a almost hypnotizing rock attracted the sailors. They surrounded the roc [...]


  • Sarah Baxter

    The Wretched Stone, by Chris Van Allsburg, is a picture book about a ship that encounters a mysterious rock that has powers that can only be taken away by reading and music. The story starts off with the narrator, a crew member of the ship explaining that their trip so far is going well and how all the crew members are very outgoing and that there is never a dull moment aboard the ship. As the ship continues to sail it comes across an island that is not on the map that the crewmembers have with [...]


  • Jose Valadez

    This story was an interesting one, I have never read the story until i picked it up a couple of days ago and at first glance it seems that it would have been a story of a sailor who enjoys the seas. upon reading the story i soon discovered that the story is a somewhat spooky picture book. The story follows the captain of the Rita Anne Randall Ethan Hope as the narrator reads his daily logs from the voyage. The group seem to stumble upon an island not yet seen before which they found puzzling as [...]


  • Elise Edwards

    This book for older readers is comprised of excerpts from the journal of Rita Anne. These journal entries tell of a long journey taken on a ship. This journal takes the narrator to a jungle land based on the illustrations and in that jungle the narrator comes upon a stone. This stone is so intriguing to him that he brings it aboard the ship. The stone gives off a strange glow and makes the crew act oddly. When the narrator decides to get rid of the stone, the crew locks themselves in the room wi [...]


  • Haley Caudell

    The Wretched Stone by Chris Van Allsburg is a story written from the perspective of the ship’s Captain about a mysterious occurrence on board of the Rita Anne. The crew of this ship came across an island in the ocean and they had hoped to find some food and water. Once on the island, they found a glowing rock. The crew brought the rock back with them onto the ship and instantly became mesmerized by it. All but the Captain were entranced with this mysterious rock, and one day the Captain discov [...]


  • Chris Fox

    The Wretched Stone Van Allsburg (1991)My initial impression of this book was tainted due to the rebinding my school library had to perform which caused the book to lack an enticing cover. However, when I saw the initial illustrations I was captivated by the perspective the artist used. It seemed like I was right there on the ship with the narrator (who happened to be a sailor aboard a ship setting off to sea). The book was written in a series of journal entries, which definitely played into the [...]


  • Bonnieyayaleyyy

      This story recounted through the daily log of a captain named Allan Hope, the sailors the Rita Anne become mesmerized and transformed by a mysterious glowing rock.   When I read this book, I was suddenly attracted by the amazing stone. “It is a rock, approximately two feet across. It is roughly textured, gray in color, but a portion of it is flat and smooth as glass. From this surface comes a glowing light that is quite beautiful and pleasing to look at.”   The unusual structur [...]


  • Alana Salcido

    Chris Van Allsburg takes readers on another one of his infamous, imaginative rides in this book that speaks to all generations. The story is written in diary form which really makes the reader connect to the story right off the bat. We are introduced to a character who is aboard a ship on an exploratory voyage and speaks of their discovery of an interesting island. The character speaking goes on to explain some peculiar things that are beginning to happen to his once vibrant and educated crew. T [...]


  • Julia

    In this book, it shows a captain and his crew's voyage as they discover new land. They discover a stone which they then take onto their ship. However, strange things start happening to the crew once the stone with the very flat screen is aboard. The captain then has to try to help his crew and get back ashore.This book was a bit different from the first chris Van Allsburg book I read. The illustrations were mostly on one page, however there were a few instances where they took over both pages. T [...]


  • Leah

    The Wretched Stone is a book about a captain, his crew, and the item that they found. The format of the story is set up like a captain’s log or diary. It starts off with the crew being excited for waiting adventure. As the journey progresses, they come across a stone with interests them greatly. This stone, however, begins to have negative effects on the crew. They stop communicating, and eventually turn into apes. How will the crew transform back in function crewmen?I enjoyed the unique forma [...]


  • Kelli

    The Wretched Stone brings us a captain's log from the Rita Anne. The ship lands upon an unknown island with lacking typical vegetation and life. The crew takes a mysterious, glowing stone aboard. The stone soon entrances the sailors, eventually turning them into monkeys! When a storm appears, can the captain save the day or will the Rita Anne sink?The full-color, painted illustrations are broken apart by white framing, even when the illustrations fit together. It has a creepy atmosphere from the [...]


  • Friscomama

    Unless your soul has already left your body and entered the glowing screen, you will get the unspoken message in this book. When I read it, around 1995, I thought the glowing orb was a television. Maybe it was. Now, the first thing that comes to mind is the little glowing rectangles most of San Francisco is staring into as they cross busy streets without stop lights, ignore the toddler sitting next to them on the train (unless they are pulling out another little rectangle to give the toddler to [...]


  • Maddi Holmes

    I would recommend this book for the middle grades, fourth through sixth grade. I would categorize it as modern fantasy.Okay, I am usually really good at predicting children's books. I could not figure out what the wretched stone was! It was so frustrating! I reread it, and thought about it all day. Still nothing. NOTHING! I eventually was so frustrated that I gave up and googled it. I want to say that I was disappointed in myself for looking it up, but I'm not. I don't think I would have figured [...]


  • Karly

    1. Genre: Mystery2.Grade Level: 2-53. Interesting Facts: This mysterious picture book leaves the reader questioning, which is why I love it. The story is written in the form of a letter from the captain of the ship (sharing his point of view). I love how this story gives details/clues about the wretched stone but leaves the picture out (for the reader to imagine). This book would be great for working with point of view!4. Date Completed: 11/28/2017


  • Kristin Fisher

    This was a decent book. It was a fun mystery for kids to read about. I feel children will find great humor in the people on the ship turning into apes. I like how van Allsburg uses a journal entry style to write the story, as I feel it helps children see that time has passed and not all of the events in the story happen on the same day. This book is full of bright, colorful, vibrant illustrations that can be enjoyed by all ages. Very realistic illustrations.


  • Becky B

    Sailors discover a mysterious stone on an island and become so enchanted they neglect everything else and start undergoing a horrible change. The change is halted and reversed by a good dose of reading.Read this ages ago, forgot about it till we recently purchased it for the library as one of the few Van Allsburgs not in our holdings. A nice little social commentary on the need for balance in screen time. (Clever readers will figure out what the stone is.)


  • Jessica

    I just love Van Allsburg's illustrations! He's so talented and versatile. I enjoyed the way the illustrations continued through the seam of the book as if it wasn't even there. The text begins with a mysterywho is writing the diary/ship log? The story holds a slight mystery through most of the book. The illustrations are the best part of this book.


  • Tim Armstrong

    Like so many Van Allsburg books he take you on a trip, but this one leaves you questioning so much.Typically the illustrations lift off the page, the vibrancy again, like so many Van Allsburg picture books before this is first class - he really has no peer. Interpret how you will but yet again Van Allsburg pushes the boundaries of the picture book format and makes everyone think, including me.


  • Kelly

    Written in a captain's log format, the story tells of a ship's crew who come across a stone. They bring it on board, where it glows and ends up mesmerizing and transforming the crew. Typically wonderful illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg.


  • MJ

    Sailors turning into apes.


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